William James GRIBBLE


GRIBBLE, William James

Service Number: 548
Enlisted: 27 October 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Petersburg, South Australia, 27 September 1890
Home Town: Mannum, Mid Murray, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 22 June 1915, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Ari Burnu Cemetery, Gallipoli
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bowhill War Memorial, Mannum War Memorial, Peterborough Public School Honour Board WW1, Peterborough War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

27 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
11 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 548, 9th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
11 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 548, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Karroo, Melbourne
22 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 548, 9th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli


William James GRIBBLE was the 6th of 8 children (and second son) of John GRIBBLE and Catherine nee THOMAS. John & Catherine arrived in South Australia aboard "Astracan" in 1876. John Gribble was a "Tin Miner" and a lay Methodist preacher later in Peterborough (Petersburg).

William James Gribble, farmer, enlisted in the 9th Light Horse on 27th October 1914 aged 24 years 1 month and listed his father John Gribble's address as Bowhill, South Australia (and changed to Murray Bridge 1924).
John Gribble Snr passed away in September 1913 and Catherine died in 1896.
William James was over 24 when he enlisted and listed his older brother John Carthew Gribble of Bowhill as his father (Guardian/Next of Kin).
William stated he was living at Petersburg (Peterborough) SA when he enlisted (1914) but the brothers were farming their fathers land Illogan Downs Station at Bowhill by 1910/12. (Bowhill was proclaimed in 1893).
William James GIBBLE was 5'9" tall an weighed 11 stone 13 pounds (76kgs approx).
He had dark hair, brown eyes, a large scar on his right arm and a large mole (2") above his left nipple.
He was killed in action on Anzac Cove on 22 June 1915.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954)
Sat 21 Aug 1915
Private William James Gribble, the second son of Mr. John Gribble, of Illogan Downs station, Bowhill, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on June 22. He was employed by Messrs. Dalton & Connsell, Grenfell-street, until about three years ago, when he went on his father's land. He was the founder and secretary of the Cornwall Football Club, and vice-captain of Bowhill Club. Leaving Adelaide with the 9th Light Horse, under Colonel Miel, he was a fine specimen of Australian manhood, and highly respected for his many sterling qualities."

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Cemetery details: Ari Burnu Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey