Robert Henry GIBBINS

Year of Birth:  1892

Place of Birth:  Thornborough, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  3 February 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  8 August 1916, Brisbane, Queensland

Ship:  HMAT Itonus A50

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  9th Australian Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  6024

Died:  7 May 1917



Robert Henry Gibbins was born 1 September 1892  in Thornborough, Qld to James Bartimus Gibbins and his wife Mary Ann Bemi.  The couple had 6 children,  Ethel Anne Maude born 1881, Alice Minnie 1885, Agnes May 1887, James Arthur 1891, then Robert 1892 and Ellen Evelyn 1893.  His  brother James died in 1892 and his father died in 1893 leaving his mother Mary with four young children.  His mother had another daughter in 1896 with David Lyon and died in 1899.

Gibbins Lane Mareeba was named about 1978 after Robert Henry Gibbons

It appears Robert may have been raised by his older sisters as he named Ethel (Nellie) Evelyn Jones (Gibbins) as his next of kin when he enlisted on 3rd February 1916.  He was 23 years 5 months of age, 5 feet 5 inches in height and weighed 129 pounds with a fair complexion, grey eyes and brown hair.  He was Church of England.

He embarked on the HMAT Itonus from Brisbane on 8 August 1916 and arrived in Plymouth England on 18 October 1916.  He arrived at Etaples, France on 11 April 1917 and was killed in action barely a month later, on 7 May 1917.

Robert Henry Gibbins is remembered on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.


HMAT Itonus A50 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


Aust Red Cross Wounded & Missing – AWM


NAA B2455 Memorial


Northern Herald (Cairns) 8 June 1917 p3


Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

NAA: B2455, Gibbins, Robert Henry, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Photograph of HMAT Itonus A50, Australian War Memorial

Photograph of Private R H Gibbins – Northern Herald 7 March 1917

Gibbins Lane Mareeba

Northern Herald 8 June 1917


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