Libbis, William Thomas (1989)
Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC
Age: 21 years 2 months
Enlistment Details: Friday, 29 January 1915 – Melbourne, VIC
Service Number: 1989 view online service record
24 Nelson Street
Next of Kin:
W E Libbis (father)
24 Nelson Street
Date: Saturday, 17 April 1915
Ship: HMAT Hororata A20
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion – 5th Reinforcements
KIA: Saturday, 7 August 1915
Place: Gallipoli Peninsula
As noted in the comments below, your can read more about Bill Libbis in Cheryl Griffin’s blog ‘Fighting the Kaiser: Coburg and the First World War’ http://fightingthekaiser.blogspot.com.au/2016/03/mayfield-street-football-team.html
Private, 6th Infantry, killed in action 7 August, 1915, Gallipoli, aged 22, commemorated Quinn’s Post Cemetery, Gallipoli.
Parents: W E and Mrs Sarah Ann LIBBIS, born Port Melbourne. Enlisted as a 21-year-old salesman with his father in Nelson Street, Coburg as next of kin. A brother, Leslie Fookes LIBBIS, also born Port Melbourne enlisted from the Coburg address; he and a son of an identical name served during the Second World War. No circular returned. The name “W J LIBBIS” appeared on the Nott Street SS Roll, but appears to have been 43-year-old William John LIBBIS from Thistlethwaite Street in South Melbourne, but born in Port Melbourne.
Additional research by Brian Membrey
The Standard newspaper reported on four cousins serving at the front.
William Thomas Henry Prest, son of W Prest of Fishermen’s Bend,
Thomas Alfred Prest, son of John Prest of Fishermen’s Bend,
Henry Thomas Prest, son of Henry Prest of 155 Nott Street, and
William Thomas Libbis, son of Mr & Mrs Libbis of Coburg.
All four are the grandsons of William Prest, ex-engine driver, of Graham Street.
1915 ‘Well Represented at Front.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 15 May, p. 2, viewed 29 April, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91165872