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Private: 2596 Richard Percy GILBEY.

Born: 1898.




Father: Frederick John Gilbey.



Richard Percy Gilbey enlisted with the 5th Reinforcements, 35th Battalion on the 11th of September 1916 and left Sydney on board HMAT A11 "Ascanius" on the 25th of October 1916 and returned to Australia on the 12th of June 1919.

29th May 1918.

Informant; Private: 6856 George William WALSH B Company No:8 Platoon. They were about 5 yards from me in a trench at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX at 7:00am, and were buried by practically a direct hit from a shell. It was a shallow front line trench and there were just the 5 of us in it. I was the only man who got out. Sergeant: 942 Richard Patrick CAHILL of B Company, No:8 Platoon, 35th Battalion came up after it happened and we could see some of the helmets, etc cut to pieces, lying in the dirt.

They were not dug up as we retired 5 minutes later. They were all B Company No:8 Platoon. Private: 3768 Samuel John MOORE tall, thin only Moore in Company, people live in England. Private: 6993 Charles William Morrice RICKS, short, black hair, curious walk. Private: 6618 Joseph "Jack" RYAN 5' 9", well built, original 2nd Battalion, and had been in Gallipoli and re-enlisted. Private: 6884 Simon SPRINGER 5' 8", fair, nuggety,about 28, came from 20th reinforcements of 19th Battalion, the only Springerin Company.

Confirmed by Private: 2596 Richard Percy GILBEY. B Company, No:8. London, England.

Family Information

Richard was a single 18 year olf Labourer from Bourke's Hill, Emmaville, New South Wales upon enlistment

Military Records

(Australian National Archives)


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