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Gibson Kenneth John

FIVE SOLDIERS DROWNED

Commando Training

MELBOURNE, Fri.-An inquest was held today by Mr Wade PM (Deputy Coroner) on the drowning of five soldiers during commando training manoeuvres on the half flooded Goulburn River on April 25. The victims included TX10924 Cpl Kenneth John Gibson (T). A finding of accident was recorded.

Capt N. T. Hiscock said the five men were members of a party of 24 which he was conducting in manoeuvres on the Goulburn River. The party in four wood and canvas assault boats came upon unexpected rapids round a bend in the river. When the first boat capsized the six occupants were thrown into the water, and only two were able to reach the river bank. Gibson was in another boat, and was swept away by the current when he attempted to wade ashore. The men were wearing webbing equipment, slung rifles, and heavy boots.

The Mercury 19 June 1943

 

 

 

 

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