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Hopeful Hope Gibbons

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hopeful Hope AWMM
  • Surname
    Gibbons AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Hopeful Hope-Gibbons AWMM
  • Service number
    11781 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 April 1918 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 112 Queens Drive, Lyall Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs I.A. Hope-Gibbons (wife), 1 Forest Street, Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia AWMM
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Biographical information

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  • Son of Hopeful Barnes Gibbons and Daisie Gibbons, of Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand; husband of Thelma Gibbons.

    Referred to as Lt H. Hope Gibbons in the Official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Companies, 2 NZEF by Jim Henderson. The history notes brief biographical information, mentions he commanded a platoon and gives details of his death as an officer from the RMT in the Oakes force, later named the Composite Battalion, which was given a ridge by the coast (Crete) to defend. On the 25th May, 1941 the Germans began the assault on Ruin Hill. Under heavy bombardment, strafing and signs of a German advance, indicating that the enemy had passed the RMT left flank, was coming across Red and Signal Hills cutting off the RMT except for a narrow strip by the coast. With the unit facing encirclement and capture the orders were given to RMT to fall back from their now scattered positions on Ruin Ridge via the coast to the turnoff. Second-Lieutenant Hope Gibbons sent his men to the turnoff and went forward to collect some battalion maps left behind. Determined that these maps would not fall into enemy hands Hope Gibbons and his runner, Driver AR Cooke went to their deaths. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 June 1941 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Ruin HillCrete AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    p.169 AWMM