GIBSON, Herbert James
(Service number 6/463)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 30 June 1885 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date * August 1914 Age 27 years 2 months
Address at Enlistment Church Street, Timaru
Occupation Carter; labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Margaret A. GIBSON (mother), Church Street, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 140 lbs. Chest measurement 34-36½ inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair light brown. Sight, hearing and colour vision all good. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated, Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton, Canterbury Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Balkan
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 15 July 1916 Reason No longer physically fit. Illness.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Reported wounded - April/May 1915

Post-war Occupations

Railway clerk


Date 27 December 1962 Age 77 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 1B; Plot 7
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Herbert James GIBSON was a son of Joseph and Margaret Ann (née FOX) GIBSON. His brother Sydney Harold GIBSON died of wounds in 1917 and another brother, Ernest Stanley GIBSON also served in WWI. He was in the Second South Canterbury Company under commanding officer Captain D. Grant. In September 1915 he was admitted to the Military Hospital, Bethnal Green, London. Herbert was a member of the Star Football Club. At the club's annual meeting in April 1915 his name was among those forwarded to the South Canterbury Rugby Union for the compilation of a New Zealand Roll of Honour.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [28 October 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0044390) [27 August 2015]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery burial records (Christchurch City Council) [30 October 2013]; Timaru Herald, 16 April 1915, 7 May 1915, Sun, 5 September 1914, 13 September 1915, Dominion, 7 May 1915, New Zealand Herald, 1 September 1915 (Papers Past) [13 October 2014; 11 & 12 February 2015]

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