Sergeant William Henry Kibby

Service number SX7089
Birth Date 15 April 1903
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Tyne and Wear, Winlaton
Death Date 31 October 1942
Death Place Egypt: Marsa Matruh, El Alamein
Final Rank Sergeant
Service Australian Army
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1943-01-28
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1943-02-04
Description

William Kibby (1903-1942) arrived in Australia from Britain with his parents in 1914. He was a 37-year-old family man when he enlisted in 1940. He embarked with the 2/48th Battalion from Adelaide, bound for the Middle East. Following an accident which resulted in a leg injury, he rejoined his battalion before the battle of El Alamein.

Kibby was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions over several days. Taking over after his platoon commander was killed, he was ordered to attack strong enemy positions. He personally assaulted an enemy post, firing his Thompson sub-machine gun, killing three of the enemy and capturing 12 others. On other occasions he showed great leadership, directing fire and encouraging his men. He was killed by machine-gun fire on the night of 30-31 October; his work was said to have been "an inspiration to all". A quiet and sincere man, Kibby often told friends that all he wanted was to return to his wife and two daughters and his garden in Glenelg, Adelaide.

Rolls

  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Roll of Honour:

    Unit
    2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    Second World War, 1939-1945
    Rank
    Sergeant
    London Gazette
    28 January 1943 on page 523 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    04 February 1943 on page 397 at position 3

Timeline

Date of birth 15 April 1903
Date of death 31 October 1942