Eric Rupert DIBBS

DIBBS, Eric Rupert

Service Numbers: Officer, 5727
Enlisted: 1 February 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 41 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 9 March 1894
Home Town: Mosman, Municipality of Mosman, New South Wales
Schooling: Fort Street School and Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural causes, Mona Vale, New South Wales, 17 October 1977, aged 83 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Mosman War Memorial, Sydney Grammar School WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

1 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, Sydney, New South Wales
1 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant
13 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 36th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 36th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
15 Jan 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 3rd Division Headquarters
23 Apr 1917: Transferred Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps
17 Sep 1917: Transferred Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
3 Aug 1919: Discharged Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)

World War 2 Service

16 Oct 1939: Involvement Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Captain, SN 5727, 38th Infantry Battalion AMF
15 May 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 5727, No. 41 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Eric Rupert Dibbs was born on a hot, late summer’s afternoon at his parents’ home “Boltibrook” in Lytton Street, North Sydney. The date was 9 March 1894. Eric was the first of five children to Sydney Reginald Dibbs (1867-1931), a senior clerk at Customs House, later Chief Inspector of Customs for New South Wales, and Jessie Emily Fletcher (1869-1937) of Maitland, NSW.

The family had a long association with Sydney’s northern harbour suburbs, living at Lavender Bay (“Sunnyside”, c.1894) then Mosman (“Woodlawn”, Cross Street, c.1916 and 29 Gordon Street, c.1918). Our man Dibbs would return to Cremorne and Mosman in the early 1920s.

Of his extended family, whose Sydney history dates to the arrival of master mariner Captain John Dibbs in 1821, we should highlight Eric’s great uncle, Sir Thomas Allwright Dibbs, general manager of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney. In 1915, appalled at the carnage being wrought by the war, Sir Thomas Dibbs bequeathed to the government his estate “Graythwaite” as a convalescent hospital for sick and wounded soldiers.

It was at this fine North Sydney home, in the late 1940s, that a memorial plaque was erected in the entrance hall at Eric’s initiative..." - READ MORE LINK (