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Regimental number512
Place of birthDaylesford, Victoria
SchoolDaylesford State School, Victoria
AddressStallbridge Street, Daylesford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs M J Sibbison, Stallbridge Street, Daylesford, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets, Victoria.
Enlistment date9 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Cricketer, footballer, bass singer, solo, choir, member of the Bailey's Choir, Geelong, played the organ for services on the field, most obstemious, deeply religious (Methodist) but a 'Good Fellow' and described by Lieutenant Colonel B Duggan, Commander 21st Battalion, as 'not only was your son loved by all but he had gained the respect of all by the brightness of his life...his capabilities in handling men and their remarkable confidence in him marked your son as an officer of exceptional type...' A very strong sense of humour. Killed while leading a raid, wounded but kept on." [Brother: R.W. Sibbison of Brunswick, Victoria.] RoHC lists middle name as Hubert.
FateKilled in Action 14 April 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Horace Herbert
Place of death or woundingAlbert, France
Age at death29.8
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary SIBBISON, Stanbridge Street, Daylesford, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousin: Vincent Wallis, killed in action.

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