VALE 14109 WO1 Marco ‘Kiwi” Gibbons, OAM 22 March 1931 – 06 April 2022

Sadly I have to inform you that Kiwi Gibbons passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday at 1 pm, at Fairview Nursing Home, Pinjarra Hills, Brisbane.

Marco “Kiwi” Gibbons, OAM enlisted originally in New Zealand K-Force in 1953 during the Korean War. He moved to Australia in 1954 and transferred to the Australian Army in 1956. He served with 3 RAR as a Tracker during the Malayan Emergency. Kiwi went on to serve with 2 RAR on both tours of Vietnam and was Mentioned in Dispatches on each deployment. He has served in 1, 2 and 3 RAR. Kiwi Gibbons retired from the Army as an RSM.

Kiwi has a long history of voluntary involvement with associations, particularly 2 RAR, 3 RAR, RSL Queensland, RAR Association Queensland, and the RAR National Memorial Walk, where he was curator from its inception. In 2012, both Kiwi and his wife Margaret were honoured with the award of the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to veterans and their families.

Both Marco and his wife Margaret are Life Members of the Association for their dedication and support to the association over many years.

Further details will be passed on as they become available.

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  • Ian Moray Henderson April 8, 2022   Reply →

    Hi Ray,
    The regimental number of the late 14109 WO1 Marco “Kiwi” Gibbons brings back some memories of enlistment day in January 1956. A group of us lined up to be given our number on enlistment to the regular army (including a couple of us who had NS
    numbers). The two people before me were given 1/3999 and 1/4000, but the clerk must have turned two pages in the
    register as I became 1/4101. Many years later in 1976 a student was doing one of our courses and I found he had a number in
    the 14000 series. By that time, computers were in use and would have detected the empty series and allocated the missing numbers (without the oblique).

    So a note of sadness brought back an interesting event.
    Ian 1/715315 and 1/4101.

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