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RELAWM15368.003
ID number RELAWM15368.003
Title British War Medal 1914-20 : Major F H Tubb, 7 Battalion AIF
Collection Heraldry
Object type Medal
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1920
Physical description Silver
On display Main building: Hall of Valour: Main Hall

Description

British War Medal 1914-20. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.


Summary

Major Frederick Harold Tubb was born at 'St Helena' Longwood, Victoria on 28 November 1881. Educated at East Longwood State School, he left to manage his father's property and become a grazier in his own right. He was active in the community being secretary to the local Mechanics' Institute and a member of the gun and tennis clubs. An excellent horseman, Tubb served in the Victorian Mounted Rifles, the Australian Light Horse and the 60th (Princes Hill) Infantry Regiment. His interest in the military continued when he joined the 58th Infantry Regiment (Essendon Rifles) in 1913, in which he held a commission as 2nd lieutenant at the outbreak of the First World War.

Tubb enlisted in the AIF on 24 August 1914, only 20 days after the proclamation of war, and was posted as a 2nd lieutenant to 7 Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Harold 'Pompey' Elliott. He was promoted lieutenant on 3 February 1915 and captain on 6 August, three days before the action at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Due to wounds he received in the battle, Tubb was invalided to England and took no further part in the Gallipoli campaign. While recuperating further surgery was required to remove his appendix on 27 December. Physically weak due to effects of the wounds and exacerbated by the surgery, Tubb was sent to Australia to convalesce in March 1916. When asked by reporters on his return to describe his Victoria Cross action he replied 'I did not do a darned thing, when you consider what 6000 other fellows did but they did not survive that terrible four days and I did'. He left Australia in early October and rejoined his battalion, now in France, on 10 December.

He was promoted to the rank of major in February 1917. In June Tubb again became ill and was invalided to England, rejoining his unit on 7 August. On the 20th of the following month the battalion took part in the fighting around Passchendaele. Near Polygon Wood, Tubb's company seized nine pillboxes only to come under allied shelling when the supporting artillery barrage fell short. Tubb was mortally wounded by one of the shells and died later that evening.

Frederick Tubb is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery near Poperinge, Belgium. Three of Tubb's brothers also served in the AIF. Lieutenant Arthur Oswald Tubb, Sapper Alfred Charles Tubb and Captain Frank Reid Tubb. Frank also served in 7 Battalion, gaining a Military Cross in fighting around Pozieres in August 1916.