• James Thomas Gibb

Army / Flying Corps
  • Private

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  • Enlistment - WW1

    Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia

  • Birth

    Sydney, NSW, Australia

Stories and comments
    • James Brunton Gibb and "The Anzac Coves"
    • Posted by JudithGreen34, Friday, 28 November 2014

    James Thomas Gibb was born on 13 January 1897, educated at Sydney Boys' High School and enlisted on 23 July, 1915 as Private no.8728 in 2nd Field Ambulance, 14th Reinforcements. In January 1916 he embarked on Osterley for Egypt and after training was sent to Western Front with the medical corps. He kept a diary (in N.S.W. State Library) of his war experiences and he joined the renowned concert party "The Anzac Coves" which performed for the troops setting up their theatres in barns and sheds. James Gibb was the monologist, he recited, did stand up comedy and performed in skits along with singers, female impersonators and instrumentalists. The troops loved them. After he returned to Australia on Rio Pardo in July 1919 he added "Brunton" to his name, became known as "James Brunton Gibb" and set up an elocution and acting school in the Palings Buildings in Sydney. In 1923 James Brunton Gibb married Ethel Lang (1902-1995) who became a noted radio actress - "The Lawsons", "Blue Hills", "Aunt Jenny". During WW2 James Brunton Gibb became an amenities officer organizing concert tours and entertainments for the troops and was a tireless charity worker raising funds for returned soldiers, war widows and orphans. James Brunton Gibb died on 28 June 1968.