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Ernest Guy Giblin

3/4 portrait of Ernest Guy Giblin in uniform. Image provided by Nelson Provincial Museum. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

3/4 portrait of Ernest Guy Giblin in uniform. Image provided by Nelson Provincial Museum. Image has …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest Guy AWMM
  • Surname
    Giblin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Guy Giblin AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12032 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
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    D. Giblin (father), Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 May 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12032 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 January 1916 AWMM Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Mary Pheobe and David Giblin, of Stoke, Nelson.

      Posted to Sling Camp for 10 days before transferring to France.

      "Ernest Giblin's period on the Western Front was very brief because on 10 September, whilst on the Somme, he received gunshot wounds to his back and a fractured spine. He had been involved in the laying of a railway line from Longueval to Delville Wood for the purpose of running shells for the heavy artillery, and he received his injuries during this operation." (Church, p.138)

      Giblin was transferred to No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst on 29 September but never recovered from his injuries.

      From 1916 to 1919 No. 1 General Hospital was at Brockenhurst, in the huts previously used by the Lady Hardinge (Indian) Hospital. On the East side of the New Zealand plot is memorial incorporating a cross.

      New Zealand lost 18,166 service men and women, out of a population of approximately 1,089,825, in World War I. Nearly all those killed were buried overseas - 5325 New Zealanders have no known grave. AWMM
    • Ernest's three brothers, Maurice Martin Giblin (1891-1958), Wilfred Robert Giblin (1894-1990) and Louis (Lou) Hubert Giblin (1896-1990), also served in the First World War.

      Lou recorded his war and post war experiences on a series of tapes which are held at the National Library, Wellington. Public - Paul - Researcher - 21 April 2022 - Military Personnel Records
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About death

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  • Death
    3 October 1916 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    BrockenhurstHampshire AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM Plot A, Row 5, Grave 6 AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Memorial gates, Stoke, Community Hall, Main Road, Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Church, C. (2002). New Zealand graves at Brockenhurst : 93 New Zealand soldiers remembered from World War One. Hampshire, England: Author. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      30: 15 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum Library catalogue. War series transcripts. (1990's). AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Hickford, Paul, They Marched to War, 2019, pp. 17 & 194. Public - Paul - Researcher - 27 April 2021 - Tribute to Bank of New Zealand staff and their families.


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21 April 2022PaulAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
22 September 2018JulianaAucklandResearcher
10 October 2017JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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