Hugh Gibson Winning

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Hugh Gibson Winning
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 12 Nov 1895
Place of Birth Govan, Scotland
Death 16 Sep 1978, aged 82
Place of Death Melville, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 20 years 1 month
Description 5'3¼" (1.61m) tall ; 119 lbs
53.977 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Orchardist
Religion Presbyterian
Address 'Dunkeld Farm', Bedfordale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Douglas Campbell Winning
Military Information
Reg Number 16113
Date of Enlistment 14 Dec 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 12th Field Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 2 transferred to 5th Division Ammunition Column
Date of Embarkation 27 May 1916 ‒ 18 Jul 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A11 Ascanius
Date of Return 22 May 1919 ‒ 16 Jul 1919
Ship Returned On HMT Durham Castle
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Bedfordale panel)
Bedfordale Roll of Honour
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Enlisted in Perth, and once identified for artillery was sent to Maribyrnong in Victoria for further training. At one point he was identified for the 23rd Howitzer Bde, 108 Battery, but was later allocated to the 12th Field Artillery Brigade's 2nd Reinforcement draft. Soon after arrival in England he took the opportunity to go AWOL for 3 days, earning himself 21 days detention. Before proceeding to France he had his next, albeit minor AWOL event.

On 1 Dec 1916 he travelled to France on the HMT Arundel and on 15 Dec 1916 he was taken on the strength of the 15th Field Artillery Brigade as a Driver.

In Mar 1917 he was back in England, hospitalised in Bulford Hospital with Venereal Disease, and soon after was court martialed for fraud and AWOL. Sentenced to 9 months imprisonment, with 3 months remitted, he was released from prison to go overseas to France on 18 Sep 1917.

He joined the 5th Division Ammunition Column on 24 Sep 1917. On 1 Dec 1917 he was admitted to hospital in France with trench fever, and 10 days later was evacuated to England on the HS Pieter de Coninck.

On leaving hospital he went AWOL for a day, before being detached to the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital on 26 Mar 1918. On 17 May 1918 he was again in trouble, this time for having an unauthorised light in his hut, and on 10 Jul 1918 he was sent overseas again to rejoin the 5th Division Ammunition Column with whom he remained until he returned to Australia. His return was to Adelaide (4th Military District), but he then travelled to Perth by train and was discharged by the 5th Military District on 10 Sep 1919.

"Sailed with No1 Battery of the Field Artillery. In training in England."[1]

Post War

On 19 Nov 1919 Hugh married Ester Mary Margaret Padget Asher (1903-1985) in Perth. Children followed 13 Jan 1921 son Douglas Ezra George, (d. 26 Apr 2010); daughters - Gloria Rae Ann (3 Aug 1922-22 Mar 1970); Joan Esther (31 Dec 1923-26 Feb 1926); Eve Marie (13 Sep 1928-2001); June (16 Jun 1930-2005); Isa Gibson (21 Aug 1932-1983); Dallas (18 Jul 19391939-2006); and Glenys (28 Feb 1941-1991).

Electoral Roll entries - 1931 at 14 Rutland avenue, Victoria Park; 1936 - 1937 "Braebank" Keymer street, Belmont railway employee; 1943 at 19 Edward street, Bellevue, railway employee; 1949 - 1954 at 46 Hooley road, Midland Junction; 1963 - 1980 new number 50 Hooley road.

Son Douglas served with the 2nd AIF during WW2 with Regimental No WX34063.


  1. "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 10. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia. 

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