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Eric John Libeau

Portrait of Gunner Eric John Libeau, Auckland Weekly News, 24 January 1918. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19180124-40-43. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Gunner Eric John Libeau, Auckland Weekly News, 24 January 1918. Auckland Libraries Herit …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eric John AWMM
  • Surname
    Libeau AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 13/2339 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
    Matangi, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    F. Libeau (father), Matangi, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 13/2339 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 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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    • Eric Libeau was the son of Frederick and Flora Libeau, Hamilton. AWMM
    • Unit: NZ Field Artillery
      Rank: Gunner
      Name: Eric John LIBEAU
      No: 13/2339
      Occupation & employer: Farmhand, J Scott, Newstead
      Religion: Methodist
      Date and Place of Birth: 17 June 1895, Hamilton
      Next of Kin: Frederick Libeau (father), Matangi
      Description on Enlistment: Apparent age 20 years, 5ft 9 ins tall, dark complexion, dark brown hair, green eyes
      Parents: Son of Frederick [died 1932] and Flora Libeau, of Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand. Nephew of Alfred George Libeau (11493, also died in war action)
      Service: Disembarked Suez, 18 November 1915
      Embarked Egypt for France, 6 April 1916
      Sick in hospital, France, 14 October 1916
      Reported to Unit, 12 October 1916
      Died of wounds received in air raid at Poperinghe, 29 September 1917. Aged 22.
      Buried Gwalia British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Gwalia Cemetery is located 8.5 kilometres west of Ieper (Ypres). The cemetery was opened at the beginning of July 1917, in the period between the Battle of Messines and the Third Battle of Ypres. The cemetery contains 467 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. Public - Jan - Researcher - 13 October 2018 - WW1 Enlistment records, Archives NZ,, Commonwealth War Graves Commission [], Papers Past, and NZBDM online.
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About death

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  • Death
    29 September 1917 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Gwalia Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM II.C.24 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Cambridge War Memorial, Queen Street, Cambridge, New Zealand AWMM
    • Hamilton Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, 3216 AWMM
    • Cambridge Cenotaph, Victoria St, Cambridge 3434 AWMM
    • Cambridge World War One War Memorials AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Proud to be now living in Matangi where you lived before you went to war. Proud that our daughter is going to Newstead School in the area you used to work. Forever grateful for the huge sacrifice you made for our country. Gone but never forgotten.
    Public - Helen - Other relative - 20 April 2020
  • Uncle you are always in our hearts love your nieces. Your great nieces. Your great nephews and nieces. And now you have great great nieces and nephews. Never forgotten
    Public - Su - Other Relative - 24 April 2015



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20 April 2020HelenMatangi, Hamilton, NZOther relative
13 October 2018JanWellington, NZLOther relative
24 April 2015SuAucklandOther Relative

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