They were called the “Fighting Ibbetts of Auburn.” Mr. and Mrs. T. Ibbett, of Bourke Street, Waterloo, formerly of Auburn had four sons. Out of a those four sons three answered the call of the Empire and were considered “worthy representatives of our fighting stock.” Henry Ibbett, the remaining son, attempted to enlist six times, and was on each occasion rejected.

Lance Corporal Albert Ibbett enlisted in 1915, and was wounded three times. He had been congratulated by Major-General E. G. Sinclair MacLagan, commanding the 4th Australian Division, for services rendered and was awarded the Belgium Croix de Guerre for bravery at Broodseinde on 21 and 22 October, 1917

Cumberland Argus 4 January 1919

 


Peter Arfanis, Archivist, Parramatta Council, Heritage Centre, 2014