The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Percival John
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘B’ Company Headquarters
- Place of Birth:
- Perth, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Frederick John Gibbs
- Mothers's Name:
- Susannah Gibbs
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Truck Driver
- Selarang Camp Changi
- ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Tamarkan, Chungkai, Hindato, Pratchinburi, Nakom Nayok, Lopburi, Bangkok
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa
‘Good Mates’ – Rob Sloane KIA 1942 Japanese bombing raid.
Percy was released Nakom Nai (Nayok) 17/8/1945. Thereafter travelled to Bangkok. Flight to Singapore.
Percy Gibbs was first cousin to Lacey Gibbs WX16407 and Jim Gibbs WX8958. Their fathers are brothers. Whilst Percy returned home his cousins lost their lives on 14 August 1944, South China Sea when Rakuyo Maru was torpedoed by American submarines.
Percy continued to serve in the Army until June 1948. He had continually suffered headaches. These however became debilitating and he became TPI soldier.
Like so many other returned soldiers, Percy Gibb’s health remained fragile. He was often hospitalised at Hollywood Repatriation Hospital.
For a long time Percy held an honarary job as timekeeper for the police boys boxing tournaments. He was also one of the official timekeepers at the Perth Commonwealth games in the 60’s.
He suffered his first stroke in about 1965 and died at Hollywood Hospital having suffered a heart attack in 1968 aged 59 years.
Percy loved his family including his three daughters and lived to see them each married. He was able to enjoy his grandchildren, 6 granddaughters and one grandson. (A further two granddaughters and one grandson were born after Percy’s death).
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
- Lopburi - Thailand
- Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
- Pratchinburi - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand