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Archibald Cecil GIBBS

Date of birth3 July 1876
Place of birthParramatta, New South Wales
OccupationCommercial traveller
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation39.8
Next of kinWife, Jessie Gibbs, Beach Street, Cogee, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 3.5 years in the 1st Light Horse Regiment; resigned.
Enlistment date27 April 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name7th Light Horse Regiment, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/12/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

'For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty.'
Awarded, and promulgated, 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 173 (7 November 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 3 July 1919
Discharge date25 September 1919
Other details

Taken on strength, 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, Tel el Kebir, 29 June 1916.

Absorbed on strength of 7th Light Horse Regiment, 20 September 1916; appointed Troop Officer, C Squadron, 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment.

Promoted Lieutenant, 22 October 1916, and remained seconded.

Transferred to 7th Light Horse Regiment, 24 December 1916.

Detached for duty with Camel Transport Corps, Mas'Aid, 18 February 1917; rejoined Regiment, Bir Abu Shunnar, from detachment, 18 March 1917.

Detached to Divisional Train, 21 March 1917; rejoined Regiment from detachment.

Detached to 2nd Light Horse Brigade Headquarters, 23 April 1917; rejoined 7th Light Horse Regiment, 10 June 1917.

Detached to 1st Australian Light Car Patrol, 10 June 1917; rejoined 7th Light Horse Regiment, Shellal, 26 July 1917.

Seconded for duty with AIF Railway Construction Party, 21 August 1917.

Mentioned in Despatches.

Marched out to 7th Light Horse Regiment, 10 August 1918; rejoined Regiment, in the field, 12 August 1918; resumed regimental duty, 13 August 1918.

Admitted to 36th Stationary Hospital, Gaza, 10 October 1918 (malaria); transferred to 44th Stationary Hospital, Kantara, 11 October 1918; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Port Said, 13 October 1918; discharged to AIF Headquarters, 30 October 1918.

Marched into 2nd Light Horse Brigade Details for 14 days' approved leave, 12 November 1918; rejoined Regiment, Kantara, 17 November 1918.

Embarked Port Said for Gallipoli, 10 December 1918; embarked Chanak, Turkey, 27 January 1919; disembarked Alexandria, 31 January 1919; rejoined Regiment, in the field, 4 February 1919.

CO, 7th Light Horse Regiment, stated, 28 January 1919: 'This reinforcement officer has seen very little work with the Regiment and hardly any actual fighting. he has shown very little capacity for handling men in the field, has a bad manner with men, and is certainly unfitted for promotion to higher rank.'

Commenced return to Australia from Port Said on board HT 'Malta', 3 July 1919; disembarked Sydney, 10 August 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Sydney, 25 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.

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