Thomas GIBBS


GIBBS, Thomas

Service Numbers: 5097, 5097A
Enlisted: 18 December 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: London, England, 1880
Home Town: North Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Creed Place LCC School, East Greenwich
Occupation: Painter
Died: Killed in Action, Le Transloy, France, 1 December 1916
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Picardie
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

18 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5097, Adelaide, South Australia
25 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5097, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5097, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
13 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 32nd Infantry Battalion
1 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5097A, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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"...5097A Private Thomas Gibbs, 32nd Battalion from North Adelaide, South Australia. A 35 year old painter prior to enlisting on 18 December 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 16th Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion from Adelaide on 25 March 1916 aboard HMAT Shropshire (A9). Following further training in England, he proceeded to France where he transferred to the 32nd Battalion on 13 October 1916. Pte Gibbs was killed in action near Le Transloy on 1 December 1916 and is buried in Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, France." - SOURCE (


Mrs. Gibbs, of Cambridge-street, North Adelaide, has been notified officially that her husband, Private Thomas Gibbs, was killed in action in France on December 1. He enlisted in December 1915, left Aus tralia for Egypt on March 23, 1916, and after spending some weeks there sailed for England, and was then sent to France, arriving in August. Private Gibbs was 36 years of age and was a native of East Greenwich, London. He came to Australia in 1911, was a painter by trade, and well liked by all who knew him for his lively and cheery disposition. His two brothers are serving their King and country, one with the A.I.F, in France and the other with the B.E.F. in Mesopotamia." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 27 Jan 1917 (