b. 25/01/1892 Ringarooma, Tasmania, Australia. d. 11/08/1918 Lihons, France.
Born in Springfield near Ringarooma, Tasmania, he was the seventh son of Alfred Gaby, a farmer, and his wife Adelaide, née Whiteway. Whilst working on the family farm, he joined the militia and served for three years with the 12th Infantry Battalion (Launceston Regiment).
Gaby was labouring in Katanning, Western Australia when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in January 1916. He had been twice previously rejected for enlistment. He embarked from Fremantle on board HMAT A38 Ulysses in April 1916. Over the course of the next twelve months while in the frontline on the Western Front, he was promoted through the ranks at a rapid speed. He completing Officer Training in England in May 1917 and was commissioned a lieutenant by September 1917.
He was 26 years old, and a lieutenant in the Royal West Australian 28th Battalion AIF, during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 8 August 1918 at Villers-Bretonneux, France, when the advance was checked by a large force of the enemy about 40 yards beyond the wire, Lieutenant Gaby found a gap and approached the strong point under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire. He emptied his revolver into the garrison, drove the crews from their guns and captured 50 prisoners and four machine-guns. Three days later, on 11 August 1918 while leading his men during an attack at Villers-Bretonneux he was killed.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: TASMANIAN MUSEUM, HOBART, AUSTRALIA.
BURIAL PLACE: HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES, FRANCE.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT V, ROW E, GRAVE 14
Kings Park, Perth (Gary Richardson)