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Alfred Douglas Dibley

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    WWI 3/1136 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Doug Dibley AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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Identity

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    Alfred Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Dibley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Doug Dibley AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/1136 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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About birth

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  • Birth
    1896 AWMM AWMM
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
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    Pre 1915 AWMM West Beach, Island Bay, New Zealand AWMM
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    W.S. Dibley (father), West Beach, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
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    Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

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    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    WWI 3/1136 AWMM
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    Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of natural causes AWMM

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  • Doug Dibley was the last surviving Gallipoli veteran in New Zealand. At the age of 19 he volunteered to help at the Trentham Military Hospital; instead they put him in uniform and sent him to Gallipoli with the Medical Corps. Arriving at Gallipoli after the main battles, he was a stretcher bearer in the front lines. He was evacuated from Gallipoli on the last day of the retreat and ended up in Palestine with mounted Anzac troops. Returning to NZ, he married and took over his father-in-law's farm near Rotorua, where he and his wife raised 11 children. He is survived by 52 grandchildren, approximately 90 great- grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. His comments on war last year were ' No one wins in the end'

    He was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for Community Service in the 1998 New Year's Honours List

    Died from a burst artery

    New Zealand Herald 19.12.97 p.A1 & A16 AWMM
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    18 December 1997 AWMM
    Age 101 AWMM
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  • Alfred Douglas Dibley my Great Grandad and would of been now the Great Great Grandad to my now 7yr old daughter.

    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..
    Public - Jacqueline - 25 April 2019
  • Doug (Alfred) Dibley was my grandfather.
    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.
    Public - Alison Louise - Direct descendant - 4 May 2018
  • 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

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    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 187 AWMM
    • New Zealand defence quarterly AWMM
      Obituary on Mr Dibley in the "Defence New Zealand Quarterly" No 20, Autumn 1998 in the Armoury at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM

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25 April 2019Jacqueline Greerton, TaurangaOther
04 May 2018Alison LouiseSydney / Newcastle AUSTRALIADirect descendant
23 April 2015SophieRotorua nzOther Relative
22 April 2015Michael and JaneCity of Gold Coast AustraliaOther Relative
21 April 2015KathleenLogan Lake, British Columbia, CanadaOther Relative