Sir John Gellibrand

(1872—1945) army officer

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(5 December 1872–3 June 1945). Educated in England and Germany, Gellibrand entered the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in 1892 and passed out a year later at the top of his class. Commissioned as a second lieutenant into the South Lancashire Regiment, he served with its 1st Battalion in the Boer War, taking part in the relief of Ladysmith. In May 1901 he transferred as a captain to the 3rd Battalion, the Manchester Regiment, and served on St Helena in 1902–03 in charge of the detachment guarding Boer POWs. When the 3rd Battalion was disbanded in 1906, Gellibrand was selected to attend the Staff College, Camberley, graduating in 1907. He was posted on the staff to Ceylon, but reductions in the Army led to his being placed on half-pay; he resigned his commission and returned to Tasmania, his birthplace, in June 1912.


From The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History in Oxford Reference.

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