b. 15/04/1903 Winlaton, Durham. d. 31/10/1942 El Alamein, Egypt.
Kibby was born at Winlaton, County Durham, England. In early 1914, the family emigrated to Adelaide, where Bill attended Mitcham Public School. After leaving school he was employed at a plasterworks in Edwardstown, where he designed and fixed plaster decorations. In 1926, he married Mabel Sarah Bidmead Morgan; they lived at Helmsdale and had two daughters.
Although he was diminutive (168 cm (5 ft 6 in)), Kibby was a strong man and loved outdoor activities. In 1936, he joined the Militia, and was assigned to the 48 Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery. Kibby joined the Australian Imperial Force during Second World War. In 1942, he was a Sergeant in the 2/48th Infantry Battalion (South Australia), during the North African campaign.
At the Battle of El Alamein, during the period of 23–31 October 1942, Kibby distinguished himself through his skill in leading a platoon, after his commander had been killed, during the initial attack at Miteiriya Ridge. On 23 October, he charged a machine gun position, firing at it with his Thompson submachinegun; Kibby killed three enemy soldiers, captured 12 others and took the position. His company commander intended to recommend him for the Distinguished Conduct Medal after this action, but was killed. During the following days, Kibby moved among his men directing fire and cheering them on. He mended his platoon's telephone line several times under intense fire. On 30–31 October, the platoon came under intense machine gun and mortar fire. Most of them were killed or wounded. In order to achieve his company's objective, Kibby moved forward alone, to within a few metres of the enemy, throwing grenades to destroy them. Just as his success in this endeavour appeared certain, he was killed.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, CANBERRA.
BURIAL PLACE: EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, EGYPT.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT XVI, ROW A, GRAVE 18.
Jubilee 150 Walkway, Adelaide
Kibby's medals at Australian War Memorial - Memorials to Valour