The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Gibbs
First Name:
Lacey Gordon
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16407
Company:
'D' Company
Enlisted:
25.08.1941
DOB:
25.08.1917
Place of Birth:
Cannington, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Jabez Gibbs
Mothers's Name:
Florence Adeline Gibbs (nee Becke)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Market Gardener
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 27.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Tamarkan, River Valley Road Transit Camp
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe 75km, Aungganaung 105km and Khonkan 55km Hospital Camp
POW#:
3123
Japan:
Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 37
Cause of Death:
Lost at Sea
Place of Death:
South China Sea
Date of Death:
14.09.1944

General Description

Lacey Gibbs was younger brother to William Herbert Gibbs WX8958 known as Jim.  The Gibbs brothers were lost at sea when ‘Rakuyo Maru’ was torpedoed by the American Fleet in the south China Sea on journey from Singapore to Japan.

Lacey Gordon Gibbs, William Herbert Gibbs and Percival Gibbs WX8607 are first cousins, their fathers Jabesz and Frederick Gibbs are brothers. 

Percy Gibbs survived and returned home.  The Gibbs family is extensive and pioneers of early Western Australia; many including Jim and Lacey lived in the Wanneroo region, market gardening.

Jim and Lacey were No. 2 and 3 sons of Jabesz Gibbs and
Florence Adeline Becke who married 1913 at Canning.  In total Jabesz and Florence had a family of 9 children, 3 daughters and six sons.  Jim and Lacey’s sibling include Edward, Norm, Charlie, Albert, Daphne, Violet and Linda.  Their mother Florence died January 1932 at the age of 41 years not long after giving birth to her youngest child Linda.

Jim and Lacey were competent horsemen and enjoyed riding and hunting around the family property.

Read about D Company.

 

Above

Newspaper October 1943

 

 

The West Australian – Thursday 23 November 1944

GIBBS, William (Jim), and Lacey, late of Wanneroo – In proud and loving memory of my two dear Sons and our Brothers, taken POW, Singapore now presumed dead. Inserted by their loving father, Jabez, brothers, Edwin, Norman, Charlie and Albert; sisters Daphne, Violet and Linda. Always remembered.

The West Australian – Friday 24 November 1944

GIBBS, William (Jim) and Lacy – In proud and loving memory of our two dear Nephews, taken POW. Singapore now presumed dead. Inserted by their loving aunt Susie, uncle Charlie, Arnold, sister Linda. We will always remember two brave boys

The West Australian – Saturday 2 December 1944

GIBBS (Jim and Lacey) – In loving memory of two fine boys. Inserted by aunt Ethel and cousins. Ethel, Herb and Bob. Always remembered.

GIBBS – In proud memory of Jimmy and Lace., taken POW, Singapore. now presumed dead; lifelong friends of Mr. and Mrs, Brady-and family (Wanneroo). Sweetly they sleep while others sigh. Softly their heads doth lie.

GIBBS (Jim and Lacey) – A sincere tribute to two great friends, taken POW Singapore, now presumed dead. From their old Pal. Stanley Mclntosh, Brookton. I’ll never forget them.

The West Australian – Wednesday 6 December 1944

GIBBS – A tribute to the memory of Jimmy and Lacey, taken POW, Singapore, now presumed dead; and sincere sympathy to their loved ones. Inserted by Rose and Santo Crisafull. They died that we might live.

 

The West Australian – Friday 1 December 1944

GIBBS – In proud memory of William (Jim) and Lacey, taken prisoner, Singapore now presumed dead. Inserted by Mr and Mrs E. Ashby and family.

Sadly missed by us all.

GIBBS – In loving memory of two dear pals William (Jim) and Lacey, taken POW, Singapore, now presumed deceased. Inserted by Irene

Cheerio and not good-bye.

Jim and Lacey were competent horsemen and enjoyed riding and hunting around the family property.

 

Gibbs Jim and Lacey
Gibbs Jim and Lacey

 

Please read detailed history of Jim and Lacey’s life with ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion.

Also about ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion.

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Khonkan, 55Kilo Hospital 360k - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Saigon - French Indo China
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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