Hibbert, Alfred Kilby
|Alfred Kilby Hibbert|
|2 October 1884 – 25 May 1953|
|Place of birth||Toronto, Ontario|
|Place of death||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Years of service||1915-1919|
|Awards||DCM, MM with 2 bars|
Sergeant Alfred Kilby Hibbert (2 October 1884 – 25 May 1953) was a soldier of the First World War. He distinguished himself in major battles and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal as well as the Military Medal with two bars, one of only five Canadians in the First World War to have been recognized as such.
Alfred Kilby Hibbert was born to parents William Hibbert and Priscella Smith at Toronto, Ontario. He had five siblings, a sister and four brothers. At enlistment, he listed occupation as "Embossing".
Hibbert attested for service with the 83rd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 17 August 1915 at Toronto. He was described as 5 feet 7 inches tall with blue eyes, blond hair and a fair complexion.
He sailed on S.S. Olympic and arrived in England on 7 May 1916. Initially transferred to the 39th Battalion, by the end of June 1916 he was transferred to the 4th Canadian Divisional Signal Company with whom he served until the end of the war. He proceeded to France mid-August 1916 with the unit disembarking at Le Havre on the 12th.
Hibbert was appointed Lance Corporal on 25 November 1916. He was awarded the Military Medal in February 1917  for actions in October and November 1916 the the capture of Regina Trench as part of the Battle of the Somme. No doubt his promotion was in recognition of his leadership during that battle.
On 7 July 1917 he was appointed Acting Sergeant and the rank was confirmed on 29 December. He was awarded a bar to the Military Medal in February 1918 and awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in November 1918 for gallantry and distinguished service in the field. He was awarded a second bar to the Military Medal in May 1919
After hostilities ended on 11 November 1918, the unit remained in Belgium until April 1919. Hibbert sailed for Canada aboard R.M.S. Mauretania. As part of general demobilization, he was discharged at Toronto on 8 June 1919.
Hibbert married Ethel Grace Wills on 28 May 1921 and together they had a family, two daughters (Ethel Mae and Muriel Rose) and a son (Alfred William). The family settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA where Alfred worked as a printing press operator.
Alfred Hibbert died of a heart attack at age 68 on 25 May 1953.
Distinguished Conduct Medal Citation
Sergeant Hibbert's DCM citation reads:
Military Medal Citation
Lance Corporal Hibbert's MM citation reads:
First Bar to the Military Medal Citation
Acting Sergeant Hibbert's citation for his first bar to the MM reads:
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- with material from an article by Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Don Banks CMM, CD which appeared in the magazine Remembrance: A salute to Canada's Fallen, Volume 2 published by the National Wall of Remembrance Association.
- The London Gazette, Supplement 29953. 19 February 1917. Page 1757.
- The London Gazette, Supplement 30540. 22 February, 1918. Page 2411.
- The London Gazette, Supplement 31338. 13 May, 1919. Page 6003.
- Toronto Star article, 9 November 2014
- The London Gazette, Supplement 31011. 12 November, 1918. Page 13462.