William James MACQUIBBAN


MACQUIBBAN, William James

Service Number: 6283
Enlisted: 25 April 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Perth, Scotland, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Caulfield, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Perth Academy, Perthshire, Scotland
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Bullecourt, France, 5 April 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Barmedman War Memorial, Perth (Scotland) Academy Honour Roll, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

25 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1
9 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, SN 6283, 1st Infantry Battalion
9 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, SN 6283, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

William McQuibban was educated at Perth Academy before emigrating to Australia.
William McQuibban enlisted with the 1st Battalion (20th Reinforcement), Australian Imperial Force, on the 25th April 1916 when he was 24 years of age and a labourer. He was living at Spray Street, Elsternwick, Melbourne, Victoria and embarked on H.M.A.T. A14 Euripides in Sydney on the 9th September 1916.

The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line
During the fighting on the Somme the German’s constructed a formidable new defensive system some miles in their rear. From February 1917 they began to withdraw into it, giving up ground, but in carrying out operation Alberich they made the ground as uninhabitable and difficult as possible. The Allies detected the withdrawal and cautiously followed up, and advanced, being brought to a standstill at the outer defences of the system.

While there is no definitive record of how, or where, William McQuibban lost his life, it would have been at some stage of this advance in pursuit of the German’s. He was 25 years old, and having no known grave, is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memrorial.

Perthshire Advertiser, 19th May 1917
“OUR OWN MEN - Private W. J. M‘Quibban”
“Private W. J. M‘Quibban, Australians, elder son of Mr and Mrs M‘Quibban, 1 Marshall Place, was killed in action on 5th April. He was 25 years of age. He went to Australia about six years ago, joined the Anzacs, and came over to this country. He spent a short furlough in Perth at the New Year, and shortly after proceeded to France with his contingent. A younger brother is on home service at Montrose.”

This biography was written by students of Perth Academy, Perthshire, Scotland, and kindly donated to the Virtual War Memorial Australia.