Gibbons, Frederick John (Lance Corporal, b.1878 - d.1916)

Accession Number 1DRL/0312
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Letter
Maker Gibbons, Frederick John
Place made Australia: Tasmania, Hobart, Egypt: Cairo, France
Date made 1915-1916
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/168
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

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Collection relating to service of 2249 Lance Corporal Frederick John Gibbons, 26 Battalion AIF, Tasmania, Egypt and France. Collection includes letters written by Gibbons to his aunts in Oxfordshire, England, between June 1915 and June 1916 describing camp life.

History / Summary

This collection reflects the attitudes of a man who had lived most of his life in England and appears to have thought of himself as an Englishman rather than an Australian. The letters include numerous references to the disposal of his personal property in the event of his death.

Biographical note: Lance Corporal Frederick John Gibbons, 26 Battalion AIF, who on 29 July 1916 was killed in action at Pozieres. Other biographical details concerning him are: brewer (in England) and store manager (in Tasmania); of Launceston, Tasmania; born Eynsham, Oxfordshire, England; educated at the Grammar School, Woodstock, Oxfordshire; arrived in Australia when about 32 years old; age at time of death, 38.