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Alfred Douglas Dibley
Alfred Douglas Dibley my Great Grandad and would of been now the Great Great Grandad to my now 7yr old daughter.
Public - Jacqueline - 25 April 2019
I'm very proud of what my great grandad had accomplished in his long life. I went to multiple birthday parties to celebrate his mid to late 90s.
Though I'm now married and my last name has changed I'm proud to belong to the Dibley Family..
Doug (Alfred) Dibley was my grandfather.
Public - Alison Louise - Direct descendant - 4 May 2018
The family farm lands were divided & I lived with Leo & Leonie Dibley on Oturoa Road Ngongotaha.
Having the similar initials A Dibley confused the local mailman/person on rural route RD1.
Doug corrected my notions of war glorification which I had seen in movies & read in novels,"Would you like to see your cobbers blown up?!"
I also remember my grandfather recalling the number of flying bullets whizzing pass his head, "If you dodged the firing shots, you could place yourself directly in the line of fire...you, just had to concentrate on the task in hand".
His soldier's photo & sketches were kept on the mantelpiece with pride.
In the 80's Doug was so Proud of the resurgence of young people attending dawn ANZAC memorials, from that point they seemed to increase each year.
Not only that Doug was in demand to recall all aspects of WW1 in the media.
Doug Dibley was my husbands Grandfather (also Doug Dibley (2nd) is my son -born 1987).
We bought the family farm off father -Eddie (eldest son of Doug) who in turn bought it off Doug senior.
Grandad never talked about WW1 or Gallipoli to us apart from saying no one wins in a war.
It was a privilege knowing him and having him living on our farm for many years -he never forgot birthdays -even those of his numerous Great Grandchildren. RIP Grandad.
Public - Sophie - Other Relative - 23 April 2015
Doug is/was my wife Jane's (nee Dibley) grandfather and a great grandfather to my 2 children David and Andrew Firth. Met Doug many times before he passed on at various family gatherings, he was a quiet unasuming guy, never spoke much about his experience of the war. He lost an eye to an infection in his 90's we thought he wasn't going to last long then he bounced back fit as a buck rabbit. He used to drive an old Triumph Herald that was in really good nick right into his late 80's. Had a lot of kids and they in turn had a lot more kids, i wouldn't even want to start counting his descendants. I do remember him saying he served in France as well, don't know where ! he picked up spinal meningitis over there and was evacuated to England where he spent a couple of years convalescing.
RIP Grandad dibley
Public - Michael and Jane - Other Relative - 22 April 2015
Alfred was a brother to my Grandfather, thus my great great uncle. My Dad, John Dibley, spoke of his uncle to us as we grew up and into our adult years. I want to Thank Alfred for his service. My brothers middle name is also Douglas...after Alfred.
Public - Kathleen - Other Relative - 21 April 2015
In loving memory of my great, great Uncle Doug Dibley. Always remembered especially this year on the 100th ANZAC anniversary. A true gentleman and inspiration for his dedicated service, like so many others who served with him. RIP
Public - Ed - Other Relative - 20 April 2015