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Victor Basil Silbery


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Victor Basil AWMM
  • Surname
    Silbery AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    66165 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 7 Elizabeth Street, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr O. Silbery (father), 7 Elizabeth Street, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    66165 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Grocery manager/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Victor Silbery was the son of Oscar Silbery, J.P., and Leah Ellen Silbery, of Petone, Wellington, New Zealand.

    The gunners of 5 Brigade had, after the CRUSADER Campaign, to retrace their steps to the Tobruk area, where they were stationed in an all-round defensive position at El Adem. The New Zealand command insisted that all defensive positions be well dug and protected and the 14,000-yard perimeter was strongly wired and mined. To strengthen the anti-tank defences still further, six 75-millimetre and six 47-millimetre Italian guns were to be manned by infantry, supervised by a field gunner on each '75' and an anti-tank gunner on each '47'. The brigade layout seemed to be designed for a do-or-die action against a full-scale panzer onslaught - not a reassuring prospect and even less so when it was discovered that the 75s were practically useless and the 47s almost as bad. The least that could be expected if a strong enemy did reach the neighbourhood would be a bombardment by field and medium artillery to which, in replying, the 5th Field would be very much at a disadvantage. Even the Bofors gunners, who looked forward to some brisk action, had their spirits dampened by orders not to open fire except against planes which were actually attacking the El Adem Box from a 'reasonable height'. In the next few days they saw many hostile aircraft; but most were at high altitudes, evidently respectful of the heavy ack-ack guns defending Tobruk and the El Adem landing ground. However, one of these planes dropped six bombs in the 5th Field B Echelon area on 26 February killing Gunners D.L. Wilson and V.B. Silbery and wounding Captain H.T.W. Nolan. (p. 300-1, 2nd Div. Arty history) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 February 1942 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya AWMM 14. K. 24. AWMM
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  • I am researching my family name and came across Basil's war memorial tribute and saw the other silbery mens names. I noticed John Silbery name. That is also my fathers name. I understand that all Silbery's are related, and I would like to acknowledge Basil Silbery for his bravery.
    Public - Lorraine - 8 August 2015
  • Remembering the uncle I never met on the occasion of WW100 and ANZAC DAY 2015
    Public - Philip Howard - Other Relative - 12 April 2015



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    WW2 5: WW2 191 AWMM


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08 August 2015LorraineNew ZealandOther
12 April 2015Philip HowardWellington New ZealandOther Relative

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