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William GIBB

Regimental number97
Date of birth14 March 1890
Place of birthTimaru, New Zealand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Gibb, 33 Dee Street, Timaru, New Zealand
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Company Engineers
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Awarded Military Medal)

Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD. During the operations of 25/29th September 1917 this N.C.O. under his section officer Lieutenant Oliver, has assisted in carrying out reconnaissance of our Right flank in daylight on the afternoon of the 26th. while the position was still in doubt. Later the same evening he assisted in the supervision of the wiring of this particularly exposed flank. The subsequent two nights he again accompanied his officer and assisted most capably in the wiring of the whole of our front line to its completion. His personal coolness and gallantry on each of these occasions is deserving of recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 3rd September 1918, at Peronne. He constructed a bridge for motor transport under heavy enemy fire. On 5th Septembr, at Flanucourt, east of Peronne, he also constructed a field artillery bridge in full view of the enemy. Previously, he made daring reconnaissances for sites for bridges. He did excellent work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Discharge date23 January 1919
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross & Bar, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1960 Portland, Oregon, USA

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