|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Maitland, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Glenwilliam, Clarencetown, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Father, Fredk Sternbeck, Glenwilliam, Clarencetown, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Newcastle, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||35th Battalion, D Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/52/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||35th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance|
Distinguished Conduct Medal
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, in rushing an enemy machine gun position single handed, killing two gunners and capturing the gun. His prompt and gallant action enabled our men to advance, and also saved a number of lives, as the gun was causing heavy casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 1 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 July 1916.
Admitted to hospital, Parkhouse, 18 July 1916; marched into 35th Bn from hospital, 31 July 1916 (no details recorded).
Found guilty, 19 August 1916, of being absent without leave from 6.30 am, 15 August, till Tattoo, 19 August 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 17 days' pay.
Admitted to Military Hospital, 25 August 1916 (pleurisy); discharged from hospital, 13 September 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1916.
Detached for duty with 9th Field Company Engineers, 18 January 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 3 February 1917.
Wounded in action, 7 June 1917 (shell shock, scattered wounds), and admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 25 June 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 25 June 1917; recommended for 1 month's Regimental fatigues before returning to full duties, 3 July 1917; admitted to No 3 Rest Camp, Rouelles, 6 July 1917.
Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Persic', 21 December 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 14 February 1918, for onward travel by sea to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit: gas poisoning), 13 August 1918.Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Miscellaneous details||Age stated to be 22 on enlistment; actual age was 15.|
|Date of death|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, STERNBECK Herbert Reginald|