Biography

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 number: 4053 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 28 Battalion
  • 28th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 11 August 1918
  • Unit: 28th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 01 April 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Unit: 28th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 28th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 28th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Timeline

Date of birth 1892-01-25
Date of embarkation 1916-04-01
Awarded Victoria Cross 1918-08-08 For action at Villers Bretonneux, France whilst serving with 28 Battalion, 7 Brigade, 2 Division as a Lieutenant
Date of death 1918-08-11
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-08-16