Alfred Richard GIBBONS

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GIBBONS, Alfred Richard

Service Number: 71
Enlisted: 2 March 1915, Boulder, Western Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Balhannah, South Australia, 14 July 1880
Home Town: Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 14 October 1916, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 71, Boulder, Western Australia
12 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 71, 28th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Jul 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 71, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
14 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 71, 28th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Embarkation Roll (www.awm.gov.au) incorrectly records the Christian Name as Alfred Ronald GIBBONS - Service Record (recordsearch.naa.gov.au) and Birth Records show full name as Alfred Richard GIBBONS

"LATE SGT. A. R. GIBBONS.

Mrs. C. Gibbons, of Balhannah, has been officially informed that her third son, Sgt. A. R. Gibbons, has died from gunshot wounds received while fighting in France. The deceased soldier was born at Balhannah, and received his education there. At an early age he went to Western Australia, where he took up mining, and remained there until his enlistment. He left Australia with the first overseas contingent, and saw active service at the historic landing at Gallipoli. After the evacuation he was sent to Egypt, where he again saw service on the canal. Eventually he was sent to France, and remained there until the time of his death. The deceased, who was in his thirty-seventh year, was highly respected by all who knew him." - from the Adelaide Observer 11 Nov 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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