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Stanley James MATTHEWS

Regimental number5468
Place of birthPortland, Victoria
ReligionBaptist
OccupationLabourer
AddressPortland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 3.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mary Matthews, Post Office, Portland, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for military service on the grounds of defective teeth)
Enlistment date23 March 1916
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919
Date of death21 January 1921
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialPortland Cemetery (Portion Baptist, Plot 5, Grave No. H.266), Portland, Victoria
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
86
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary PILL. Native of Portland, Victoria. Real name: PILL, Stanley James.
Discharge date26 December 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 22 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 13 October 1916, and marched into No 3 Command Depot, Wool, the same day.

Marched into 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 4 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 December 1916; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 14 December 1916.

Taken on strength of 18th Bn, 11 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 3 May 1917; admitted to No 2 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 10 May 1917 (gunshot wound, thigh, severe); transferred to England, 12 May 1917; to No 2 Southern General Hospital, Bristol, 13 May 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 6 July 1917; to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 13 July 1917.

Marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 15 August 1917 (Class B1A2).

Admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital, 20 August 1917 (gunshot wound, thigh); to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 17 September 1917; discharged and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 24 September 1917.

Marched in No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 19 November 1917.

Posted as absent without leave, 16 January 1918; returned, 12 February 1918.

Tried by District Court Martial, Sutton Veny, 1 March 1918, on charge of being absent without leave from 16 January 1918, until 12 February 1918: pleaded Guilty to charge: awarded 60 days' detention and forfeits 74 days' pay.

Marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 27 March 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 April 1918; marched into New Zealand Base Depot, Etaples, 17 April 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 21 April 1918; rejoined 18th Bn, 26 April 1918.

Evacuated to hospital, 2 June 1918; admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 3 June 1918 (abscess), and transferred to No 61 Casualty Clearing Station the same day; discharged, 1 July 1918; rejoined unit, 6 July 1918.

Wounded in action (2nd occasion), 2 August 1918, and admitted to No 47 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gunshot wound, right cheek); transferred to No 3 General Hospital, Le Treport, 3 August 1918; marched into Australian Convalescent Depot, Le Havre, 11 August 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 20 August 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 3 September 1918; rejoined 18th Bn, 6 September 1918.

Wounded in action (3rd occasion), 3 October 1918; admitted to No 12 Casualty Clearing Station, 4 October 1918 (shrapnel wound, left knee); transferred to No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 5 October 1918; to England, 27 October 1918; to Graylingwell War Hospital, Chichester, 29 October 1918; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 21 January 1919; dangerously ill with pneumonia, 25 January 1919.

Reported dangerously ill with tuberculosis lung by Base Records, 8 April 1919; board as Class C3 with pulmonary tuberculosis, No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 28 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Southampton, on board HT 'Karoola', 6 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 24 June 1919; discharged Melbourne (medically unfit), 26 December 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MATTHEWS Stanley James

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