Biography

Birth date: 05 December 1872
Birth place: Australia: Tasmania, Ouse
Death date: 03 June 1945
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Murrindindi
Final rank: Major General
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • General List
  • AIF Depots
  • Staff
  • 2nd Australian Division
  • 3rd Australian Division
  • 6th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • 12th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Major
  • Date of embarkation: 21 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: AIF Depots
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Bar to Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 6th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: General List
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 3rd Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Italian Commander of the Order of the Crown of Italy

  • Unit: 6th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

  • Unit: 12th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 3rd Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 2nd Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Companion of the Order of the Bath

  • Unit: 6th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

  • Unit: General List
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : French Legion d'Honneur

  • Unit: 12th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 6th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : French Legion d'Honneur

  • Unit: 2nd Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Bar to Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : United States Distinguished Service Medal

  • Unit: 3rd Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

  • Unit: Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : French Officer of the Legion of Honour, Fourth Class

  • Unit: 3rd Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : French Croix de Guerre

  • Unit: 3rd Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Companion of the Order of the Bath

  • Unit: Staff
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Photograph

A00712A

Group portrait of staff Officers at Mena Camp. Left to right: back row: Historian Captain (Capt) Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean; Lieutenant (Lt) W. Smith; Capt J T Fitzgerald; Major T Matson; Capt W J Foster; Capt T Griffiths; Lt E C P Plant; Capt S M E R L de Bucy; Lt R G Casey, (later Governor...

A00712A

A00867

The original 1st Divisional Headquarters. General Bridges' dugout (centre) can be seen with 'GOC' posted over it. The shelter to the right was used by the general staff as an office. Inside the mess shelter on the left, Colonel CBB White was hit by a spent bullet and Major J Gellibrand was...

A00867

A05107

PORTRAIT OF SIR JOHN GELLIBRAND ON THE OCCASION OF THE LAST MARCH LED BY HIM IN MELBOURNE ON 1939-04-25. (DONOR: MISS C. GELLIBRAND)

A05107

E01551

Brigadier General (Brig Gen) J. Gellibrand CB DSO, and Staff of the 12th Brigade at Haute Allaines, on Boxing Day 1917. Left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) L. Dean MC; Captain E. A. Terry; Brig Gen Gellibrand; Major R.H. Norman DSO MC (with cigarette in mouth); Lt J. W. Stabback MC; Lt G. S. Sharp MM.

E01551

G00933

Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. 3 May 1915. At General Bridges' first Headquarters at Anzac, during lunch. The officers in the photograph, reading from left to right, are: General Bridges, (in dugout); Lieutenant Riches; Private Wicks (Batman to General Bridges); Captain Foster (Aide-de-Camp); Major...

G00933

001442

MAJOR GENERAL DRAKE BROCKMAN, LIEUTENANT GENERAL J.W. LAVARACK, BRIGADIER F. HUGHES, LIEUTENANT COLONEL TREACY, MAJOR MORGAN, AND MAJOR GENERAL SIR JOHN GELLIBRAND KCB DSO, AT PUCKAPUNYAL REVIEW. (NEGATIVE BY E. CRANSTONE).

001442

P01489.001

c. 1916. Studio portrait of Brigadier General Sir John Gellibrand DSO, QSA (later KCB) (1972-1945). Gellibrand joined the 1st Australian Division staff in 1914, was wounded at Gallipoli and commanded successively the 12th Battalion, the 6th Brigade, the 12th Brigade and the 3rd Division. After the...

P01489.001

E01408

The railway embankment which ran parallel to the Hindenburg Line south east of Bullecourt. The tank shown in the distance broke down above the shelter which housed the Headquarters of the 48th Battalion (Lieutenant Colonel R. L. Leane) during the first assault upon the Hindenburg Line (11 April...

E01408

A00758

The ruined house, which when intact, was used as the 21st Battalion Headquarters from about 5 am to 8 pm on the 20 March 1917, during the unit's attack on Noreuil. The 6th Brigade Commander, General J Gellibrand CB, DSO also used it for a portion of the day. Two days later it was blown up after...

A00758

EZ0075

Informal group portrait of eight Australian officers having breakfast in a shell hole in Sausage Valley in the forward area near Pozieres, France. They are using wooden food crates for a table, but they have crockery and a teapot. Identified from left to right: Major Eric Clive Plant DSO and bar,...

EZ0075

Art

Record of Australia's voluntary effort in the Great War (A.I.F.) Aug. 4th. 1914 to June 28th. 1919

A commemorative colour poster published c.1920 as a record of Australia's voluntary effort in the Great War. The composition is similar to that of an Honour Roll and features in the top centre a depiction of the rising sun badge within a wreath. A framed portrait of King George IV is positioned...

ARTV06073

Private Record

Gellibrand, Sir John,(Major General) KCB, DSO, 1872 - 1975

Personal papers mainly relating to the military service and training of Sir John Gellibrand: articles printed in a military journal during 1897-1898; extracts from a 1906 diary written jointly with his wife Elizabeth; extracts from war diary of Major-General Neville Smyth, including a paper by... Maker: Gellibrand, John

PR01285

Gellibrand, John (Sir) (Major General, KCB, DSO, 3rd Aust Div AIF b: 1872 d: 1945)

NOTE WRITTEN BY C E W BEAN AND FORWARDED TO GELLIBRAND IN RELATION TO SYDNEY LEGACY CELEBRATIONS, COPIES OF HOBART LEGACY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AND LETTERS RECEIVED BY DONOR OUTLINING THE EARLY SERVICE CAREER OF GENERAL GELLIBRAND IN VARIOUS BRITISH REGIMENTS Maker: Gellibrand, John

PR82/150

Gellibrand, Sir John (Major General, b: 1872 d: 1945), KCB DSO

EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF DIARIES, LETTERS, CERTIFICATES, PAPERS AND BOOKS RELATING TO GELLIBRAND'S SERVICE CAREER. (Also see 3DRL/6405, 3DRL/6541, 3DRL/7446, 3DRL/3250 and PR83/193.) Maker: Gellibrand, John

3DRL/1473

Gellibrand, John (Major General, KCB, DSO, General Staff AIF)

NOTEBOOK OF LOOSE PAPERS ON SUCH SUBJECTS AS LECTURES, STAFFING AND SENIORITY LISTS. NOTES ON LONE PINE - TYPESCRIPT SENT TO GELLIBRAND BY CEW BEAN. PAPER ON DEFENCE POLICY - INCOMPLETE. PAPER ON THE "SYDNEY" - "EMDEN" ENCOUNTER, 1914. Maker: Gellibrand, John

3DRL/5037

Gellibrand, John (Major General, Sir, KCB, DSO)

ARTICLES, LETTERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, TELEGRAMS, AND OTHER PAPERS RELATING TO GELLIBRAND'S SERVICE CAREER AND PEACE TIME ACTIVITIES. INCLUDES LETTERS FROM NOTABLE MILITARY FIGURES SUCH AS TALBOT-HOBBS, BIRDWOOD, ALLEN, HOWSE AND SMYTHE Maker: Gellibrand, John

3DRL/6405

Gellibrand, John (Major General, Sir, KCB, DSO)

LETTERS FROM GELLIBRAND TO HIS BROTHERS WALTER AND TOM AND TO TOM S. MOSTLY PERSONAL. COMMENTS ON IMMINENT SURRENDER OF THE GERMANS IN 1918, ON LIFE ON GALLIPOLI, ON AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS, CASUALTIES, HIS OPINION OF BEAN AND ON THE CONSCRIPTION REFERENDUM. ONE POSTCARD Maker: Gellibrand, John

3DRL/6541

Gellibrand, John (Major General, Sir, KCB, DSO)

Diaries covering training at Sandhurst, examinations and life in the 1st Lancashire Regiment. Gives details of training. Notebook of draft letters to Bean and Laverton and family history notes. Letters covering service in South Africa and personal items. Miscellaneous papers. Maker: Gellibrand, John

3DRL/7446

Gellibrand, Sir John (Major-General, KCB, DSO, Psc b: 1872 d: 1945)

"THE BOCHE CREDO" - AN EXHORTATION TO DOMINATE YOUR OWN TEMPERAMENT AND THAT OF OTHERS IN THE PURSUIT OF SUCCESS. DOCUMENT FOUND, TRANSLATED AND DONATED TO THE MEMORIAL BY GELLIBRAND. Maker: Gellibrand, John

EXDOC091

Millard, Reginald Jeffery, OBE, CMG (Colonel, b.1868 - d.1943)

Collection relating to the First World War service of Colonel Reginald Jeffery Millard, OBE, CMG, Army Medical Corps, Egypt, Gallipoli, Mudros Island, 1914-1915. Collection consists of a typescript copy of extracts from Colonel Millard's personal diary, written between 8 December 1914 and 26... Maker: Millard, Reginald Jeffery

1DRL/0499 (With records)

Elliott, Harold Edward 'Pompey' (Brigadier); CB CMG, DSO, DCM, VD

Collection relating to Brigadier Harold Edward 'Pompey' Elliott, CB CMG, DSO, DCM, VD, 1901-1968. It comprises a range of papers documenting his military service in South Africa, 1900-1901; service during the First World War as commanding officer of 7 Battalion and 15 Brigade; and post war career... Maker: Elliott, Harold Edward 'Pompey'

2DRL/0513

Digitised Collection

Typescript extracts from diary of Sir Reginald Jeffery Millard

Typescript extracts from private diary of Major (later Colonel) Sir Reginald Jeffery Millard, OBE, CMG, Australian Army Medical Corps. First extract is dated 8 Dec 1914 and the last extract is dated 25 Jan 1916. These entries cover Millard's arrival and camp life in Egypt, sightseeing, and duties...

RCDIG0000181

Personal Files Book 18, 28 March - 20 April 1918

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Major General John Monash, 3rd Australian Division. This file, originally part of Book 18, covers 28 March 1918 to 20 April 1918 and includes correspondence regarding the defensive action at Morlancourt, statements supporting Sergeant...

RCDIG0000628

Personal Files Book 18, 25 May - 3 June 1918

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, Australian Corps. This file, originally part of Book 18, covers 25 May 1918 to 3 June 1918 and includes documents relating to Monash's ascension to comand of the Australian Corps and the make up of the...

RCDIG0000631

Personal Files Book 20, 31 July - 15 August 1918

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, Australian Corps. This file, originally part of Book 20, covers 31 July to 15 August 1918 and includes documents and messages relating to the Battle of Amiens. It includes a detailed outline and plan for...

RCDIG0000635

Personal Files Book 21, 10 September - 3 October 1918

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, Australian Corps. This file, originally part of Book 21, covers 10 September 1918 to 3 October 1918 and includes documents relating to the Epehy and Beaurevoir actions as well as plans for a restructuring...

RCDIG0000637

Personal Files Book 21, 3 October - 24 November 1918

File of papers relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, Australian Corps. This file, originally part of Book 21, covers 3 October 1918 to 24 November 1918 and includes ephemera and documents related to the end of the war and the demobilisation of troops. It...

RCDIG0000638

Sub Series 1: Official Correspondence to and from Henry Arthur Goddard

This sub-series consists of Official Correspondence written and received by Brigadier General Henry Arthur Goddard between 1915 and 1919. It contains letters from other officers regarding the conduct of troops, and letters from Brigadier General Goddard concerning Villers-Brettonneux.

RCDIG0000653

Official correspondence sent by Henry Arthur Goddard

Official correspondence relating to the First World War service of Brigadier General Henry Arthur Goddard. This file consists of correspondence sent by Brigadier General Goddard between 1918 and 1919. This file contains: Letter from B.G. [Goddard] to Major General J. Gellibrand, 5 September...

RCDIG0000787

Diary of William Throsby Bridges, 1915

Diary relating to the First World War service of Major General William Throsby Bridges, 1st Division Headquarters. In this diary, kept between 1 January 1915 and 23 April 1915, Bridges details the preliminary planning for the Gallipoli campaign. He describes his is time in Egypt visiting the...

RCDIG0001019

Transcript of diary of William Throsby Bridges, 1915

Transcript of diary relating to the First World War service of Major General William Throsby Bridges, 1st Division Headquarters. In the original diary, kept between 1 January 1915 and 23 April 1915, Bridges details the preliminary planning for the Gallipoli campaign.

RCDIG0001020

Diary of John Henry Llewellyn Turnbull, 1918-1919

Diary relating to the First World War service of 1295 Driver John Henry Llewellyn Turnbull, 5th Divisional Ammunition Column. This is the last of six detailed diaries transcribed by Turnbull after the war and documents his experiences in the latter half of 1918 and early 1919, orginally written...

RCDIG0001111

Technology

Imperial German Model 1889 Cavalry Sword and Scabbard

Imperial German Model 1889 Cavalry sword and scabbard. The hilt has a sheet steel guard with the heraldic eagle of Prussia as the cartouche badge and is stamped 7 U 5.72. A light brown sword knot is wrapped around the guard. The grip is a green/brown bakelite having two rivets holding it to the...

REL/04975

Webley Wilkinson Model 1892 Revolver : Lieutenant J Gellibrand, South Lancashire Regiment

Webley "Wilkinson" Model 1892 six shot revolver. Barrel top engraved "WILKINSON" MODEL 1892 PALL MALL LONDON and on the left side LT JOHN GELLIBRAND. Sth LANc REGt. One piece checkered grips with the serial number stamped on the left side and a lanyard ring on the butt base. This revolver is...

RELAWM16654

American Model 1917 Knuckleduster Dagger

American Model 1917 Knuckleduster Dagger and Scabbard. The hilt has a pressed steel knuckle guard with six studs in the shape of a pyramid and a wooden grip that has four finger grooves. The crossguard is stamped US LF&Co over 1917. The triangular blade is blued and unmarked. Carved into the right...

RELAWM03754.001

American Model 1917 Knuckleduster Dagger and Scabbard

American Model 1917 Knuckleduster Dagger and Scabbard. The hilt has a pressed steel knuckle guard with six studs in the shape of a pyramid and a wooden grip that has four finger grooves. The crossguard is stamped US LF&Co over 1917. The triangular blade is blued and unmarked. Carved into the right...

RELAWM03754

Heraldry

Service dress tunic : Major General J Gellibrand, 3 Division, AIF

Australian Army Other Ranks pattern khaki woollen twill service dress tunic. The tunic is fitted with rank insignia on the khaki wool shoulder straps of major general in oxidised brass and secured with brass split pins. On the collars are general officer's bullion wire embroidered gorgets with a...

REL/00150

Arm band : Major General J Monash, 3rd Australian Division, AIF

Red woollen armband. The armband is secured around the upper arm with a buckle attachment. It is stamped in black ink with the emblem of the 3rd Australian Division: a number 3, enclosed in a rising sun.

RELAWM01115

Sculpted marble head of a woman from dugout in Bapaume : Major General J Gellibrand, AIF

Life size sculpted marble head of a grieving woman with centrally parted hair held in a loose chignon. The woman wears a wreath of pansies, symbolic of loved ones, memories or loving thoughts.

RELAWM14990

Timeline

Date of birth 1872-12-05
Date graduated 1893 Graduated from Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
Other 1893 Qualified as German and French interpreter.
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1893-10-21 Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the South Lancashire Regiment and posted to 1 Battalion.
Date promoted 1895 Promoted to Lieutenant.
Other units 1900 Transferred to 3 Battalion, Manchester Regiment.
Other 1900-02 Commanded a compnay in the releif of Ladysmith in South Africa.
Other 1900-03 Served in Natal.
Date graduated 1907 Graduated from Staff College, Camberley.
Other 1907 Posted to Ceylon, but resigned his commission.
Other 1912 Returned to Tasmania and became an orchardist.
Other 1914-08-20 Appointed to the Administrative Staff of 1 Australian Division.
Date promoted 1914-09-23 Promoted to Major.
Date of embarkation 1914-10-21
Date wounded 1915-04 Wounded twice and was evacuated to Egypt.
Other 1915-04-25 Participated in the landing at Gallipoli.
Other 1915-05 Returned to Gallipoli.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1915-11-17
Date promoted 1915-12 Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and given command of 12 Battalion.
Other units 1915-12 Transferred to the staff of 2 Division.
Date of honour or award 1916 Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and was Mentioned in Despatches for his work at Gallipoli.
Date promoted 1916-03 Promoted to Colonel, and soon after Temporary Brigadier General.
Other units 1916-03 Appointed Commander of 6 Infantry Brigade in Egypt.
Date wounded 1916-05 Wounded in Frane.
Other 1916-06 Involved in operations at Poziers, Mougquet Farm, the Bapaume Sector, Bullecourt (where he was awarded the bar to his DSO), and Hindenburg Line.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-10-10
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917
Other 1917 Posted to the United Kingdom where he undertook the reorganisation of AIF training depots.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-02-05
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-05-08
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-09-30
Other 1917-11 Returned to France to command 12 Brigade.
Date of honour or award 1918-05 Appointed CB and later KCB for his service in France.
Date promoted 1918-05 Promoted to Major General.
Date returned to Australia 1918-05-06 Returned to his farm in Risden, Tas. He went on to hold various government, military and political posts in Australia, and had a pivotal role in the establishment of the Legacy movement.
Date of honour or award 1919 Awarded the Croix de Guerre.
Date of honour or award 1919 Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (United States Army).
Date of honour or award 1919 Awarded the Legion d'Honnuer.
Date of death 1945-06-03