Laminted photograph of Lieutenant Richard Horace Maconochie Gibbs, stored in the box of his Military Cross.

The photograph accompanies the cross awarded to Richard engraved 'Lieut. R. H. M. Gibbs, 59th Battalion, A.I.F.' Lieutenant Richard Horace Maconochie Gibbs served in World War I. He died on 19 July 1916, aged 24, in the trenches of Fleurbaix, France. An undated newspaper cutting is also stored in the box.

Richard's brother John Harbinger Gibbs also served in the War, and returned to Australia in July 1917 suffering tuberculosis. He died on 13 October that year, aged 20. After the deaths of John and Richard, their father Dr Richard Horace Gibbs gave up his medical practice in Colac and devoted himself to caring for sick and wounded soldiers who had returned to Australia. Their mother moved to 5 Normanby Avenue, Caulfield, in 1919 the same street in which Albert Kemp, another soldier killed in World War I who is remembered at Museum Victoria, had lived.

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Laminated sepia photograph of Lieutenant R.H.M. Gibbs in military uniform. The photograph has been laminated.

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