Biography

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 number: SX7089 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of Death: 31 October 1942
  • Unit: 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

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Date of birth 1903-04-15
Date of death 1942-10-31