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Aladdin GIBBS

Regimental number862
Place of birthWales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMiner
Addressc/o E Pedwanpack, Wales, United Kingdom
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Oliver Gibbs, c/o E Pedwanpack, Wales, United Kingdom
Enlistment date8 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, C Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


work near Westhoek on 20 September 1917.
Recommendation date: 25 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 22 August 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Oliver and Jane GIBBS
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry. On 20th September 1917 near WESTHOEK this N.C.O. was a member of a platoon sent forward to establish a strong point in close proximity to the enemy. The position was being heavily shelled by the enemy and was eventually completely destroyed by a direct hit from an enemy shell which at the same time almost wiped out the garrison. Sergeant GIBBS found himself left with eight men and with great courage and coolness immediately proceeded to dig out tand rescue the wounded. Although suffering from shock himself, he personally rescued his officer and carried him part of the journey to the Aid Post. Having despatched the remaining wounded, successfully re-established his post, under persistent heavy enemy shelling.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Mililtary Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 May 1933
Age at death43
Place of burialSea........... (Portion K, Grave No. 10)

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