THOMAS R. ALLIBONE was one of the original members of the Camden Fire Department, entering service on September 2, 1869 as an extra man with Engine Company 1. Prior to entering the fire department he had worked as a coppersmith, and had served as a volunteer fire fighter with Independence Steam Engine Fire Company. Thomas Allibone was living at 250 Pine Street when he joined the department in the fall of 1869.
Thomas Allibone was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania around 1841 to Thomas and Ellen Alibone. The 1850 Census shows the family living in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. When the Census was taken in 1860 he was living with and working for Thomas Butler as an apprentice tinsmith in Philadelphia.
Thomas Allibone enlisted in Company G, Pennsylvania 23rd Infantry Regiment on September 1, 1861 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He saw extensive action over the next three years, and participated in the battles at Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, Marye’s Heights, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Mine Run, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg.