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William Henry STAFFORD

Regimental number3153
Place of birthKarakershesell, Co Cavan, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDraper
AddressRockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 7.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, Alexander Stafford, Paine Street, Torwood, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 October 1916
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Ordnance Corps
FateReturned to Australia 8 September 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Regimental Number incorrectly recorded on Nominal Roll as 3152.
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in action and devotion to duty. On the night of 31st May, 1918, near VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS, No. 3153 Private William Henry STAFFORD displayed remarkable courage in capturing a German patrol leader. Following a heavy bombardment a party of the enemy, consisting of 1 N.C.O. and 10 men, rushed the lewis gun outpost position of which STAFFORD was in charge; No. 2 of the gun was immediately stunned by a blow, leaving STAFFORD to fight 3 of the enemy single handed. He displayed great coolness and daring and succeeded in routing two of his opponents, capturing the third who was a German Sergeant Major and obtained identification of the enemy when it was urgently required. Throughout the whole operation he set an inspiring example to his comrades.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 11 April 1917; marched into 11th Training Bn, 23 April 1917.

Found guilty, Durrington Camp, 16 May 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 14 May, to 3 pm, 15 May 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks, and forfeited 1 day's pay.

Marched into 9th Training Bn, Fovant, 5 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 November 1917; taken on strength, 12th Bn, in the field, 27 November 1917.

Admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 7 May 1918 (scabies); discharged to duty, 10 May 1918.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 1 June 1918 (dermatitis); transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 6 June 1918; to rejoined unit, in the field, 15 July 1918.

Awarded Military Medal.

Transferred to 41st Bn, 23 October 1918.

On leave to Paris, 28 November 1918; rejoined Bn, 8 December 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 January 1919. Attached for duty to Australian Army Ordnance Corps, 29 January 1919.

Granted leave with pay and subs (fees £10.17.6), 25 March-1 August 1919: Non-Military Employment (textiles, attending Leeds University); leave extended to 8 August 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Raranga', 8 September 1919; disembarked Sydney, 29 October 1919; discharged, Brisbane (date not recorded).

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 May 1964
SourcesNAA: B2455, STAFFORD William Henry

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