Walter James Gibbs

First Name: 
Walter
Middle Name: 
James
Last Name: 
Gibbs
Mother's Name: 
Jane Gibbs nee Pritchard
Father's Name: 
James Gibbs
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, November 23, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
4th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
1914/1915 Star
Date of Death: 
Friday, May 16, 1947
Place of Death: 
Coledale Hospital, Coledale, NSW
Cause of Death: 
Died as a result of a stroke at age 73
Details: 

Walter Gibbs (Service no 6124) was born in Breconshire, Wales in 1874.

At the time of enlistment Walter was single, 39 years of age, employed as a miner and residing in Clifton, NSW.

Walter embarked on HMAT A18 - Wiltshire with the 4th Battalion, 19th Reinforcements on 22 August 1916.  He arrived in England on 12 October 1916 and joined the 4th Battalion in the field on 21 February 1917.

Walter saw service on the Western Front where he was wounded in action on 15 April 1917.   He was evacuated to hospital in England for treatment of a gun shot wound to his right elbow.  As a result of this injury he was deemed unfit for further active service he was repatriated to Australia in July 1917.  Walter was medically discharged on 27 October 1917.

Walter returned to work in the mines and never married.  He was well known in the area and died in Coledale Hospital in 1947.  Walter is buried in the Church of England Cemetery at Scarborough, NSW.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, GIBBS W

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