GABITES, Eric Briggs
(Service number 622)

Aliases Eric
First Rank Private Last Rank Bugler


Date 23 March 1892 Place of Birth Timaru, NZ

Enlistment Information

Date 31 August 1914 Age 22
Address at Enlistment Townsville Queensland
Occupation Sheepfarmer
Previous Military Experience Nz Territorials
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs M Gabites of North Street Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with Australian Imperial Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Australian Infantry, 9 Battalion
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914/15 Star, British War medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 28 June 1915 Age 25
Place of Death Gallipolli, Turkey
Cause Killed in Action
Memorial or Cemetery Shell Green Cemetery
Memorial Reference I. E. 22
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Arthur and Margaret Gabites of Timaru - former pupil of Timaru main school and Timaru Boys High School. He is also listed in the 1910 Timaru Technical School Roll book, age 19 years, as living on North St (Timaru), and enrolled to study freehand drawing. Gabites later went to Australia, aged 21. He had three brothers in the NZEF.

Mary-Jane Koning commented: “Gabites is mentioned in a letter from my grandfather, John Duncan McLeod to his sister Mary in Timaru which was published in the Timaru Herald August 20, 1915. He was a fellow High School boy (Timaru Boys), J.D. discovered him in his Battalion - the 9th Battalion of the AIF. Gabites had been in the thick of it since landing [see article attached to this record]… Gabites was reported missing 28 June 1915 but his death was not confirmed until some time later, when an eye witness provided a written statement. There were urgent letters from home, including one from the Timaru coroner, who was Gabites' brother. The eye witness also said there was another brother in the Light Horse. (from the AIF records)”


National archives Australia, NZ Wargraves; SCRoll web submission from M Koning, 20 February 2015; Timaru Technical School roll book (SCRoll submission from J James, Mountainview High School, 18 March 2015)

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