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.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 11 August 1918
  • Unit: 28th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 01 April 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Unit: 28th Australian Infantry Battalion

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 28th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 28th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

P02939.033

Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Alfred Edward Gaby VC, 28th Battalion. Lt Gaby was post humously awarded the Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous bravery and dash in attack" on 8 August 1918 at Villers Bretonneux. During an attack, Lt Gaby rushed through a hole in the wire which was holding up...

P02939.033

A02622A

Cropped studio portrait of 2nd Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Alfred Edward Gaby, 28th Battalion AIF. In March 1917, Gaby was promoted to Sergeant then a month later was promoted to 2nd Lt. In May and June he attended the Anzac Corps School when this portrait was taken. In September 1917 he was promoted to...

A02622A

A02622

Studio portrait of 2nd Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Alfred Edward Gaby, 28th Battalion AIF. In March 1917, Gaby was promoted to Sergeant then a month later was promoted to 2nd Lt. In May and June he attended the Anzac Corps School when this portrait was taken. In September 1917 he was promoted to Lieutenant...

A02622

P00735.004

Grave marker of Lieutenant (Lt) Alfred Edward Gaby VC, 28th Battalion AIF. Lt Gaby was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for 'most conspicuous bravery and dash in attack' on 8 August 1918 at Villers Bretonneux. During an attack, Lt Gaby rushed through a hole in the wire which was holding up...

P00735.004

P09394.002

Studio portrait of 2nd Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Alfred Edward Gaby, 28th Battalion. In March 1917, Gaby was promoted to Sergeant then a month later was promoted to 2nd Lt. In May and June he attended the Anzac Corps School when this portrait was taken. In September 1917 he was promoted to Lieutenant and...

P09394.002

Private Record

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