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John Joseph GIBBONS

Regimental number2417
Place of birthMayo, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTram conductor
AddressBrunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 5"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Gibbons, 50 Sutherland Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 May 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name46th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/63/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 7 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 January 1919
Discharge date9 April 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 7 September 1916; (no disembarkation details); marched in to Codford, England, 16 November 1916; proceeded overseas, 21 December 1916; marched in to No 4 Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 22 December 1916; proceeded to join unit, 25 January 1917; taken on strength of 46th Bn, 27 January 1917.

Wounded in action, 15 February 1917; admitted to Ambulance Train No 15, 16 February 1917 (gun shot wound to left buttock); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, Rouen, 17 February 1917; to General Hospital, 23 February 1917; to England, 24 February 1917; admitted to Reading War Hospital, England, 24 February 1917; discharged from hospital and granted leave, 20 April to 5 May 1917.

Private failed to report to Perham Downs Command Depot, 5 May 1917; reported in and proceeded overseas, 14 June 1917; marched in to Havre, France, 16 June 1917; rejoined unit, 4 July 1917; detached for duty at 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 23 January 1918; rejoined unit, 1 February 1918; on leave, 9 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 11 April 1918.

Wounded in action, 26 August 1918; admitted to 12th Field Ambulance, 26 August 1918 (gas poisoning); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 27 August 1918; to 41st Australian Stationary Hospital, 1 September 1918; to Ambulance Train No 8, 4 September 1918; to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 5 September 1918; to England, 6 September 1918; to Bristol War Hospital, England, 7 September 1918; discharged from hospital, 28 September 1918; reported to Weymouth Command Depot, 30 September 1918; marched in to Sutton Veny Command Depot, 25 October 1918.

Found guilty, 28 November 1918, of being absent without leave from midnight to 10:00 pm, 27 November 1918: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of Exeter', from London, 15 January 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 2 March 1919; discharged 9 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GIBBONS John Joseph

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