Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Released on behalf of LtCol Coyle, CO 17 Sig Regt, Holsworthy, NSW

Darrin Gibson is one of the survivors of the recent Victorian fires, his wife Leslie and three very young children however were not and perished in their family home. Darrin joined the Army in 1990 as a Gunner in RAA. In 1997 he joined RASigs as a radio operator. He has served in the Joint Telecommunications School, School of Signals, and 104 Signals Squadron at 1 CSR. For those that remember his woodworking skills on OP ANODE with his Honour Roll for Vietnam Veterans, he later commenced his carpentry and joiners apprenticeship at ALTC in Albury-Wodonga. He discharged from the Army in May last year and he and Leslie established their home in Kinglake. He has deployed to Cambodia (93), Bougainville (01), Solomon Islands (04), Iraq (06). He received the Soldiers Medallion for Exemplary Service whilst posted as an Instructor at ARTC Kapooka.

It is requested that any messages of support, photos (which have all been lost), memories etc are passed to WO1 Griffith directly. She can be contacted on or (03) 9450 7505. She will be passing these messages on to the family. An alternate point of contact is LTCOL Susan Coyle on or (02) 8782 2126.

Donations. An account has been established with DEFCREDIT if you are able to provide a donation - it is titled In Trust Fund for Darrin Gibson. The details are as follows:

Account Name: Susan Coyle
BSB: 803 205
Member Number (for DEFCREDIT members only): 16773
Account Number: 207 807 57

If you are a DEFCREDIT member you can transfer internally using the Member Number and Account Number. If you are external to DEFCREDIT then you use the BSB, account name of Susan Coyle and account number. Defcredit have advised that due to legal requirements this account needs to currently reside under an exisiting members account. As soon as an account can be created for Darrin, DEFCREDIT will transfer this account number to his own profile. Every cent raised will go directly to Darrin to assist his future. You can contact DEFCREDIT directly if you have any queries about how to deposit money into Darrin's trust fund.

Darrin's family have requested privacy for the loss of Leslie and the children. They have asked me to pass on that they are extremely grateful for the support being offered to Darrin by past and present members. Darrin is now out of his medically induced coma and is receiving extensive medical and family support during this critical time for his recovery. All our thoughts and prayers are with him.

Kind regards,
Susan Coyle