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Portrait of 3631 Private (Pte) Charles von Bibra, a pastoralist of Latrobe, Tas. who enlisted in the 12th Battalion on 5 June 1916. Pte von Bibra embarked with the 20th Reinforcements to the 12th Battalion from Melbourne on 24 August 1916 on board HMT Botanist (A89). After training in England in the 3rd Training Battalion he proceeded to France and after a period in hospital with the mumps he joined the 12th Battalion on 3 March 1917. Pre von Bibra was killed in action in France on 6 April 1917, aged 37 years. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers Bretonneu, France.

Official notice has just been received of the death of Lance-Corporal Charles von Bibra who was killed in action in France between April 10 and 12. Deceased left with the 12th reinforcements last August, and after being twice in hospital was killed in action shortly after leaving again for the front. He was particularly well known in the Hagley and Dunorlan districts, where he spent most of his life in pastoral pursuits and for the last four years took over the management of Waterhouse estate. He was well known as being of a very charitable disposition and was extremely popular with his comrades in his battalion.

Launceston Examiner 4th May 1917









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