Frederick Tubb

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Frederick Harold Tubb
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Captain Frederick Tubb c.1916
Born 28 November 1881
Longwood, Australia
Died 20 September 1917(1917-09-20) (aged 35)
Passchendaele, Belgium
Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1900–1917
Rank Major
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Victoria Cross
Tubb's grave at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Plot XIX, row C, grave 5.

Major Frederick Harold Tubb VC (28 November 1881 – 20 September 1917) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Life and military

Tubb was born on 28 November 1881 to Harry and Emma E. Tubb, of St. Helena, Longwood East, Victoria, Australia.[1]

He was 33 years old, and a lieutenant in the 7th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, during the First World War when he was awarded the VC for his actions on 9 August 1915 at Lone Pine, Gallipoli. Lieutenant Tubb held a newly captured trench which was being counter-attacked by the enemy, who blew in a sand-bag barricade, leaving only a foot of it standing. Tubb led his men back, repulsed the enemy and rebuilt the barricade. Twice more the enemy blew in the barricade, but on each occasion this officer, although wounded in the head and arm, held his ground and assisted by corporals Alexander Burton and William Dunstan, rebuilt it, and maintained the position under heavy bombardment.


For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Lone Pine trenches, in the Gallipoli Peninsula, on 9th August, 1915. In the early morning the enemy made a determined counter attack on the centre of the newly captured trench held by Lieutenant Tubb. They advanced up a sap and blew in a sandbag barricade, leaving only one foot of it standing, but Lieutenant Tubb led his men back, repulsed the enemy, and rebuilt the barricade. Supported by strong bombing parties, the enemy succeeded in twice again blowing in the barricade, but on each occasion Lieutenant Tubb, although wounded in the head and arm, held his ground with the greatest coolness and rebuilt it, and finally succeeded in maintaining his position under very heavy bomb fire.

— The London Gazette, No. 29328 15 October 1915[2]

He later achieved the rank of major and died of wounds suffered in battle at Polygon Wood, in the Third Battle of Ypres, on 20 September 1917. In this action Major Tubb was serving with 7th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Australian Division when he was shot by a German sniper. While being carried to the rear he was struck by British artillery shells. He died at the dressing station at Lijssenthoek and was buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.[1]


His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia along with the eight other Australian Gallipoli VCs.

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