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Victorian Naval Forces Muster

for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*

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Last Name:Gibbs
First Name:Albert Arthur
Rank:Boy
Birth Date: 17-04-1883
Branch:Victorian Navy

Arthur Gibbs

Boy

Page 86 of BLUEJACKETS AND BOXERS by Bob Nicholls states :-

There was an early start on 12 October. After breakfast at 5.30 a.m. they marched out at 7.00 a.m., leaving Commander Tickell's servent, Boy Gibbs, behind suffering from fever. He subsequently died onboard the hospital ship Cathage on his way to the base hospital at Wei-hai-wei and was buried at sea.

The same publication states that he was buried at sea on 19 October 1900.

Page 41 of AUSTRALIAN CONTINGENTS TO THE CHINA FIELD FORCE 1900-1901 states:-

Died on board the Hospital Ship CARTHAGE on 18th October 1900 whilst being invalided to Wei Hai Wei. Buried at sea the following day.


 

"Friday October 12th (1900) 5.30 am Boy Gibbs taken to Base Hospital, suffering from fever."

Diary entry for Able Seaman William Bertotto courtesy of Dennis Bertotto & Shirley Joy.

 

 

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 Prot  5' 4"  32  Prop  Grey Hazel  both arms  

From Volunteer Listing kept by CPO Goding & held by grandson Lawrence Dilks, Williamstown. Compared with China Contingent List. Prepared by Ada Ackerly, Directory Williamstown Museum, c 1987.


 

Profile in The Australian Illustrated Enclclopaedia of The Boxer Uprising 1899-1901, Justin Corfield, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2001.

 

More details on this person can be found in the Victorian Navy Certificates of Service This is a very large pdf file of 119 mb and takes 13 minutes to download with a 1.5 mbps internet connection.

 Mentioned on the Australian War Memorial Honour Roll.


* 1853 is given as the commencement date for the Victorian Navy as this is the year that Commander Lockyer (RN) went to Britain to superintend the building of HMCS Victoria.
Although the Victorian Navy ended in 1901 the career of Cerbeus etc continued. In 1910 the new ships started arriving & manning levels increased.

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