Lieutenant Alfred Edward Gaby

Service number 4053
Ranks Held Lieutenant, Private, Second Lieutenant
Birth Date 25 January 1892
Birth Place Australia: Tasmania, Scottsdale
Death Date 11 August 1918
Death Place France: Picardie, Somme, Framerville
Final Rank Lieutenant
Service Australian Imperial Force
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1918-10-30
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-03-04

When he was a boy in Tasmania, Alfred Gaby (1892-1918) had seen his brothers go to the Boer War. He later served in the local militia before joining the AIF at the beginning of 1916. He was commissioned the following year.

The large-scale action in which he won his Victoria Cross was one of the most successful that Australians were ever engaged in. During the advance, in a lone attack, he got through the barbed-wire and drove the enemy off, capturing four machine-guns and 50 men. He then led the company on to its objective. Three days later, while walking along the line to encourage his men, he was killed by a sniper.



Date of birth 25 January 1892
Date of embarkation 01 April 1916
Awarded Victoria Cross 08 August 1918 For action at Villers Bretonneux, France whilst serving with 28 Battalion, 7 Brigade, 2 Division as a Lieutenant
Date of death 11 August 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 16 August 1918