William Gilbert

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William Gilbert was a 27 year old married well borer who has served a seven year apprenticeship with the Phoenix Foundry in Ballarat. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Ballarat East.[1]

William Gilbert Studied Maths at the Ballarat School of Mines in 1903. [2]

Military Experience

At the time of Sergeant (0348) William Gilbert World War One enlistment he was living at Ballarat East. He was a member of the 15th Field Company, Australian Engineers, [3] and member of the 1st Tunnelling Company. [4]

Medals and Honours

In June 1918 William Gilbert received a Military Cross 'For conspicuous gallantry and untiring devotion to duty. From 29th September to 1st October 1918, in the vicinity of Bellicourt and Estrees, he repeatedly carried out forward reconnaissances under continuous shell fire, and obtained valuable information on location and condition of wells, roads, cellars and dug-outs, and furnished the first reconnaissance reports of the captured portion of the Bellicourt Tunnel.' (As mentioned in the London Gazette).[5]

See also

Awards & Honors


  1. https://www.facebook.com/MiningMudMedals?fref=nf, accessed 20/09/2014.
  2. Ballarat School of Mines Enrolment Database, Federation University Historical Collection.
  3. https://www.facebook.com/MiningMudMedals?fref=nf, accessed 20/09/2014.
  4. Research by Damian Finlayson
  5. https://www.facebook.com/MiningMudMedals?fref=nf, accessed 20/09/2014.

Other links

Tunnellers.Net written by Donna Baldey has a detailed biography of William Charles Gilbert MC and his war service.[1]


More on Tunneller Gilbert (who also enlisted in WW2) can be found via Tunnellers.net: http://www.tunnellers.net/gpag.html


--Cgervasoni (talk) 20:26, 30 April 2014 (EST)

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