Bertie Stibbard

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Service no: 1981 [1]

Place of birth: Orange, 1895

Address: Cadia, via Orange

Occupation: Labourer

Next of kin: Frances Stibbard (mother), Cadia, via Orange

Date of enlistment: 24 February 1916

Place of enlistment: Orange

Age at enlistment: 20

Fate: Embarked SS Barambah Sydney 23 June 1916. Disembarked Plymouth 25 August 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal 7 February 1917. Appointed Temporary Colonel 27 May 1917. Killed in action, Messines, Belgium.

Date of death: 7 June 1917

Buried: Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium, Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 23

Bert Stibbard was a labourer from Cadia who enlisted in Orange in February 1916. He arrived in England in August the same year and proceeded to France as a private in the 34th Battalion. In February 1917 he was appointed Lance Corporal.

According to an eyewitness report Stibbard was killed by a shell explosion whilst sleeping in a bay in the trenches at Ploegsteert, Belgium on the morning of 7 June 1917. He was 22.

Bertie Stibbard is commemorated on the Holy Trinity Church Orange Honour Roll and on the World War I Roll of Honour on the southern face of the Orange Cenotaph.

In 1923 the Anzac Memorial Avenue of trees was planted along Bathurst Road to commemorate fallen WWI soldiers. A tree was planted in honour of “Cpl Bert Stibbard”; it was donated by his mother, Frances. Very few of the trees are still standing today.

Leader, 3 August 1917, p.6.

The Late Corporal Bert Stibbard [2]

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