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Harold GIBBONS

Regimental number2412
Place of birthStawell, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCompositor
Address267 Stirling Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 4"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Catherine Gibbons, 267 Stirling Street, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 April 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A66 Uganda on 20 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Discharge date30 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 20 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 15 November 1916; marched in 13th Training Bn, Codford, 19 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 February 1917; marched in 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, 16 February 1917.

Proceeded to join 32nd Bn, 16 March 1917; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, in the field, 19 March 1917.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Field Ambulance, then transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 4 May 1917 (Sep. T. right heel); to No 9 Casualty Clearing Station, 10 May 1917; to No 10 Casualty Clearing Station, 16 May 1917; to No 4 Casualty Clearing Station, 17 May 1917; discharged to duty, 11 June 1917.

Admitted to No 14 Australian Field Ambulance, then transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 25 June 1917 (dental); to No 8 Field Ambulance, 6 July 1917; to No 56 Casualty Clearing Station, 6 July 1917 (dentures); discharged to duty, 24 August 1917; rejoined 32nd Bn, 25 August 1917.

Admitted to No 8 Australian Field Ambulance, 29 August 1917 (dental); transferred to No 4 Stationary Hosptial, Arques, 1 September 1917; discharged and rejoined unit, 12 September 1917.

Still with unit, 13 July 1918.

Marched out of 32nd Bn for return to Australia, 5 March 1919; marched in No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 16 March 1919.

Found guilty, 11 April 1919, of being absent without leave from 2359 hours, 4 April 1919, until 1550 hours, 7 April 1919: award, admonished and forfeited 3 days' pay.

Commenced return to Austalia from England on board HMAT 'Devanha', 8 May 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 15 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of engagement), Perth, 30 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 November 1931
SourcesNAA: B2455, GIBBONS Harold

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