• Benjamin Harold Gibson

Army / Flying Corps
  • 23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 6th Brigade
  • Private

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  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Birth

    Melbourne VIC, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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    • GIBSON, Benjamin Harold
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    Born in 1894 at Clifton Hill, Vic – son of Robert Moore GIBSON and his second wife, Annie Male LOBB, who married in Vic in 1886 Robert (who had been blind for many years before his son Harold) died on the 14/12/1942 at his son’s residence in Liverpool Rd, Kilsyth Annie died on the 29/9/1948, aged 89 Siblings: Edith b.&d.1887 (24D); *Joseph Lobb b.1888 Collingwood – Butcher – marr Alice Fern – WW1: Spr 15182, 1st DSC – DOI 26/2/1919; Emma Dorothea (Dora) b.1891 – marr WEBB – d.1946; Marion Joan Louisa b.1892 – d.1893 (5); Lilian Isabel b.1896; Annie Roberta b.1898 – marr BRENTNALL – d.1931; John Moore b.1901 – d.1973; Arthur Religion: Methodist Postal Employee of the Central Telegraph Office Served 3 years with the 55th Battalion (Collingwood), Citizen Forces Married Myrtle Evelyn COLLIER on the 18th of December 1915 Living Bayswater 1916 WW1: Enlisted in Melbourne on the 15/2/1916, aged 21, and embarked as Private 4704 on the Euripides 4/4/1916 with the 12th Reinforcements of the 23rd Battalion, for England Proceeded overseas to France on the 16/9/1916, and taken on strength of the 23rd Battalion 1/10/1916 in Belgium Received wounds to the head and buttock on the 5/11/1916, France, and transferred through the hospital system to the 18th General Hospital at Camiers 8/11/1916 Discharged from hospital to the 2nd Australian Division Base at Etaples 28/11/1916, before rejoining his battalion 25/12/1916 While in the trenches on the 4/3/1917 near Bapaume, he was wounded by fragments of a trench mortar bomb. He sustained wounds to his scalp, face and left arm, and his left eye was removed at the 45th Casualty Clearing Station that night. The right eye was also severely damaged, resulting in total blindness. He was placed on the seriously ill list at the 9th General Hospital, Rouen, on the 8/3/1917. Invalided to England on the Hospital Ship St Andrew 12/3/1917 and admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, on the 14/3/1917 – artificial eyes fitted Transferred to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers 14/6/1917 – where he was fully trained in Poultry farming and to some extent, netting and joinery Discharged from St Dunstan’s 15/4/1918 to embark on the D5 Marathon for return to Australia, and disembarked in Melbourne on the 12/6/1918 Discharged from the AIF 17/7/1918 Children (include): *Harold Verdun b.1916 Ringwood – Shop hand; *Evelyn Joyce b.1920 Ringwood; *Beryl – marr JARVIS 1948 In September 1918 the Repatriation Department recommended that the State Government be requested to supply Harold with land to establish a poultry farm – but nothing seems to have become of this In March 1919 he applied for and received assistance from the Repatriation Department for the purchase of a home at 225 Canterbury Rd, Box Hill – the yard of this property already contained 6 poultry pens and an abundance of sheds – the family then moved from their previous address of 25 Pender St, Preston They were still at No. 225 in 1931, but by 1937 were living at 826 Canterbury Rd, Box Hill – which was still their address in 1977 Myrtle died in 1977, aged 82 Harold died on the 18th of September 1978 at Heidelberg, Vic, aged 84 Cremated at Springvale Crematorium 21/9/1978 and his ashes interred in the Banksia Garden, Wall G, Niche 383 The Age (Melb, Vic), Sat 15 Jan 1916 (p.5): MARRIAGES GIBSON – COLLIER – On the 18th December, 1915, by Rev. J.J. Brown, of East Brunswick, B. Harold, second son of Mr and Mrs R.M. Gibson, of East Brunswick, to Myrtle Evelyn, only daughter of Mr and Mrs W. Collier, of Bayswater. The Ballarat Courier (Vic), Tue 24 Dec 1918 (p.3): PRESENTATION TO SOLDIER COLLEAGUES’ PRACTICAL SYMPATHY MELBOURNE, Monday Pte B.H. Gibson, formerly of the staff of the Central Telegraph Office, was to-day presented by his late colleagues with a wallet containing £73. Pte Gibson enlisted in 1915, returned in August last totally blind, having lost his sight as the result of the explosion of a German shell in the trenches. Pte Gibson’s father lost his sight many years ago.