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Thomas Ernest GIBBS

Regimental number1668
Place of birthKingston, South Australia
AddressCoonalpyn, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 5.25"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Maria Jane Gibbs, Coonalpyn, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 March 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/65/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Discharge date22 February 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1669 Pte William Alexander GIBBS, 48th Bn, killed in action, 12 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 11 April 1916; disembarked, 12 June 1916, and admitted to hospital, Alexandria, the same day (measles).

Taken on strength of 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Tel el Kebir, 4 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 6 August 1916, and proceeded to England; taken on strength of 12th Training Bn, England, 20 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 September 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 24 September 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 6 October 1916; taken on strength of 48th Bn, 7 October 1916.

Admitted to No 59 Casualty Clearing Station, 18 November 1917 (septic foot); transferred to No 24 General Hospital, 12 January 1918 (Inflammation of connective tissues); to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 27 January 1918; to No 5 Convalescent Depot, Cayeux, 4 February 1918; discharged, 8 March 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 9 March 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 5 April 1918; rejoined 48th Bn, 10 April 1918.

Proceeded to England for return to England, 16 October 1918; marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 31 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Somerset'; disembarked, 15 January 1919; discharged (family reasons), 22 February 1919.

Total war service: 2 years 353 days (2 years 280 days were abroad).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death due to war service.
Date of death28 May 1921
Age at death31
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 6 East, Grave 11), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, GIBBS Thomas Ernest

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