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Victor Robert GIBSON

Regimental number1133
Place of birthColeraine, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 11"
Weight186 lbs
Next of kinD Gibson, c/o Brown Butcher, Hamilton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VI, Row J, Grave No. 45), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 60th Bn, 24 February 1916, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir.

Appointed Lance Corporal, Duntroon Plateau, 26 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1160212: 'no trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 1750 Pte E.W. HAVERFIELD, 60th Bn, 13 September 1917: 'When I was lying out wounded in No Man's Land on the 19th July at Fleurbaix, I saw Casualty lying down near me wounded. We were then about 130 yards from all our lines. I heard him call out "I have stopped a couple more", which meant that he was twice hit as he lay on the gorund. It was quite a common occurrence that night, as many a wounded man was killed. The last I heard or saw of him was that night. It became too dark to see. I managed to crawl back to the lines.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GIBSON Victor Robert
Red Cross File No 1160212

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