Clarence Gordon GIBBONS was working as a Lumper in Bunbury, when he enlisted for service in the Great War, on 25th September 1914. He joined the 16th Battalion for training at Blackboy Hill Camp WA in mid-October 1914. Clarence embarked on the troopship ” Ceramic ” which had left Melbourne on 22nd December 1914.
After disembarking at Alexandria in early February 2015, he continued training in the sandy environs of the Egyptain Camps, until shipped to the Gallipoli Peninsula in mid-April 1915.
Clarence Gibbons was reported as being Wounded in Action and missing at Popes Hill Gallipoli on 25th April 1915. The subsequent Army Court of Enquiry held 12 Months later, found that Clarence had been Killed in Action on 26th April 1915. He is Memorialized by Inscription on the Lone Pine Memorial , Gallipoli at Panel No. 53. ( Extracts from Correspondence from the Army and the soldier’s Mother, are included below for your information ).
The following memento’s were issued by the Army to the soldier’s Mother, in honour of his Active Service :-
1914/15 Star Medal No. 14823
British War Medal No. 7088
Victory Medal No. 7062
Memorial Scroll & Kings Message
4/06/1915- Cable from Army to Soldier’s Mother – ” Regret son Private C.G. GIBBONS wounded not reported seriously. No other particulars available . Will immediately advise anything further received “.
19/07/1915- Letter from Mother ( S.A. WAILES ) to Secretary Defence Melbourne VIC – ” On the 5th June you advised me per wire that my son Private 623 C.G. Gibbons 16th Battalion had been wounded . I would be very much obliged if you would kindly furnish me with particulars relative to his injury , as since received your notification I have been unable to hear anything from him at all. There has been so many different talks going about that he is killed from two or three of the soldiers, it has been stated that they saw him fall. Now, I should esteem it a great favour if you would be good enough to inform me of the facts of the case “.
31/07/1915- Letter from Army to Mrs. S. Wailes – ” In reply to yours of the 19th inst. I beg to inform you that the only official report received concerning your son, No. 623 Private Clarence Gordon Gibbons, 16th Battalion, was contained in a cable message from Alexandria, to the effect that he is reported as having been wounded in action, and no further particulars are available. You will be immediately advised upon receipt of any later information. It is regretted that the Hospital in which he is located and the nature of his wound are not at present known “.
8/03/1916- Statement to 16th Battalion A.I.F. by Cpl. G.H. MARTIN 78, ” B ” Company 16th Battalion A.I.F. – ” Witness knew a man named GIBBONS in ” B ” Co. 16th Battalion. On the 26th April 1915 this man was in the trenches at Pope’s Hill when he received a bullet in the stomach. Witness did not actually see it but was nearby at the time. The man was taken to the beach : he was pretty bad “.