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Regimental number1144
Place of birthWest Maitland, New South Wales
Other NamesWilliam Bede
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressKurri Kurri, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 7.25"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Stoddart, Kurri Kurri, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship an individual in the Headquarters embarked. Two ships left Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion: HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death36
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 4), Sailly-Sur-La-Lys, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert John and Ellen STODDART. Native of West Maitland, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Buried Sailly-sur-La-Lys Cemetery by Reverend W. Meredith Holliday, 20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2640406, 1518 Pte A. GEORGE, 31st Bn, 16 november 1916: 'I, with others, was standing in a bay waiting orders to go over, when an H.E. shell broke over him and killed him instantly. He was buried next day in the vicinity.'

Second statement, 819 Pte J.R. BLACKMAN, 31st Bn (patient, Queen's Hospital, Birmingham, England), 26 July 1916: 'On 19th July, 1916, about 7 p.m. at Fleurbaix, South of Armentieres', after charge had been made William Stoddart [was] instantly killed by informant's side about 6.30 p.m.'

Third statement, 861 Sergeant J. GRIFFITHS, 31st Bn, 9 January 1917: 'I was on duties keeping our ammunition supply between our front line and captured German trenches. I had charge of Stoddart and others, a number of whom were also killed and wounded by the shell that accounted for Stoddart. His death was instantaneous[,] fragments of shell penetrating the chest and more than likely heart. He fell in my arms and never spoke or showed any signs of life after being hit.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, STODDART William
Red Cross File No 2640406

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