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William Bramwell (Bill) Tibbs (1909–1943)

The Salvation Army announced yesterday that Adjutant William Bramwell Tibbs, Red Shield Commissioner, had been killed in an aircraft accident in Northern Queensland. He was 32 years old.

Known as Adjutant Bill Tibbs throughout the Ninth Division of the A.I.F., he served in the Middle East and went through the siege of Tobruk. After the battle of El Alamein he was awarded the British Empire Medal. Before his death he had inspected the Salvation Army's welfare work in the Finschhafen area.

A native of Armidale, Adjutant Tibbs carried out evangelical work for the Salvation Army in Sydney, Newcastle, Crookwell, and Yass before going to the Middle East three years ago.

Adjutant Tibbs is survived by Mrs. Tibbs and two children, Nance and John.

Salvation Army Commissioner E. J. Harewood will conduct a memorial service for Adjutant Tibbs at the Congress Hall, Elizabeth Street, tomorrow, at 7 p.m. Brigadier A. McIlveen and Major John Simmons (who also shared in the siege of Tobruk) will pay tribute to Adjutant Tibbs.

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'Tibbs, William Bramwell (Bill) (1909–1943)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


Armidale, New South Wales, Australia


December, 1943 (aged ~ 34)
Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death

air crash

Religious Influence

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Military Service