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Charles Patrick PHIBBS

Regimental number344
Place of birthAlbury New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPostal official
AddressTownsend Street, Albury, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMrs Mary Phibbs, Townsend Street, Albury, New South Wales
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Awarded)

Recommendation date: 28 May 1917

FateKilled in Action 1 August 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Nominal Roll incorrectly list fate as Returned to Australia.
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialHooge Crater Cemetery (Plot XIX, Row D, Grave No. 14), Zillebeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on the entrance gates to the grounds of St Patrick's Church, Albury. Parents: Patrick and Mary PHIBBS, Townsend Street, Albury, New South Wales

Military Medal

'Gallantry and devotion to duty during the operation against the HINDENBURG LINE in vicinity of BULLECOURT on the morning of 3rd May. This Non Commissioned Officer maintained efficient communication by repeatedly repairing, at great personal risk, wires cut by hostile shell fire. Again on the 13th May 1917, whilst working with the advanced Infantry Brigade headquarters, he displayed great courage during a heavy bombardment in which the entire Signal personnel were killed, and instruments destroyed, having been directly hit by an enemy shell. This Non Commissioned Officer, with Gunner O'BRIEN at once hurried to the spot and made every endeavour to restore communications. Sergeant PHIBBS has previously done excellent work through the SOMME operations.'

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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