Edward John DIBDIN

DIBDIN, Edward John

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Not yet discovered
Last Unit: 42nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 4 January 1886
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Rockhampton Grammar School
Occupation: Accountant
Died: 19 August 1963, aged 77 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Rockhampton Grammar School WWI Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

5 Jun 1916: Involvement 42nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Borda embarkation_ship_number: A30 public_note: ''
5 Jun 1916: Embarked 42nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Sydney

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Biography contributed by John Phelan

Edward John Dibdin was born in Rockhampton on 4 January 1886.  He attended the Rockhampton Grammar School and after school became an accountant at Mt Morgan Mine.  In 1904 he joined the 15th Light Horse as a trooper and was commissioned in 1908.  He took up soldiering full-time in 1912 and joined the AIF in April 1916 as the Adjutant of the 42nd Battalion.  He saw action at Armentieres and Plogsteert.  He was in hospital in June 1917 and missed the Battle of Messines. Returning to the 42nd Battalion he again saw action in the long series of battles for Passchendaele in late 1917.  He was promoted to major on 10 May 1918 and commanded the 42nd Battalion in the Battles of Hamel and Amiens.  From late August to 9 September he commanded the 41st Battalion.  Dibdin returned to Australia in mid-1919 and resumed service with the militia.  He took a paid position of Federal Secretary of the RSL in Melbourne in 1924.  Dibdin lived out his life as an advocate for returned servicemen, being one of the founders of the 42nd Battalion Association.  He died in Melbourne on 19 August 1963 aged 77.