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Stewart Michael MEADE

Regimental number3251
Place of birthAlbury, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHairdresser
AddressTownsend Street, Auburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18.4
Height5' 5"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, Michael Thomas Meade, Townsend Street, Auburn, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in 44th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces (Compulsory Military Training scheme); still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date27 September 1916
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name55th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/72/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 11 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 September 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Michael Thomas and Agnus Jane MEADE. Photo: Robert and Sandra Crofts
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 26th September, 1917, during the attack near ZONEBEKE, Private MEADE was a Company Runner. Twice during the early stages of the advance, he carried messages through the enemy's counter barrage and back across a swampy area heavily shelled and swept by machine gun fire. During the afternoon, a counter attack was in progress and an urgent message had to be sent back. The shelling at this time was particularly severe, but MEADE volunteered and succeeded in delivering the message to its destination. His work has been particularly good throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Discharge date19 January 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Arawa', 15 September 1918 (epilepsy); discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 19 January 1920.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to War Service.
Date of death5 March 1938
Age at death40
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis (R.C. Sec. 8, 529), Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, MEADE Stewart Michael

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