The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Gibbs
First Name:
Percival John
Nick Name:
Percy
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8607
Classification:
Driver/Mechanic
Company:
‘B’ Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
Discharged:
27.06.1948
DOB:
9.07.1909
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Frederick John Gibbs
Mothers's Name:
Susannah Gibbs
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘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

General Description

Rob Sloane & Percy Gibbs
Rob Sloane & Percy Gibbs

‘Good Mates’ – Rob Sloane KIA 1942 Japanese bombing raid.

Percy Gibbs & family
Percy Gibbs & family

 

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).

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Lopburi - Thailand
  • Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
  • Pratchinburi - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
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