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Gordon Edward STRATFORD

Regimental number102
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
True NameSTRATFORD, Gordon John
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressAnnie Street, Torwood, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 4.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs T. Barrcroft, Annie Street, Torwood, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name31st Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A61 Bakara on 5 November 1915
The Machine Gun Section of 31st Bn left from Melbourne on two ships, HMAT A62 'Wandilla', embarking on 9 November 1915, and HMAT A41 'Bakara', embarking on 5 November 1915. From the Embarkation Rolls it is not possible to distinguish on which ship an individual sailed.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Machine Gun Section
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 23), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
179
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, HMAT A41 'Bakara', 5 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 13 December 1915.

Found guilty, 4 January 1916, of inattention at Drill, insolence to N.C.O.; using thretening language to N.C.O.: awarded 168 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 6 January 1916 (cough); discharged to unit, 9 January 1916.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 13 January 1916 (pneumonia); no details of discharge recorded.

Transferred to 8th Brigade Machine Gun Section, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916; taken on strength, 11 March 1916.

Reverted to Private, Ferry Post, 15 April 1916.

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

Reported wounded and missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in action, 20 July 1916.'

Red Cross File No 2650303 has statement ('Eye-witness: "Yes"') from 295 Pte R. SMITH, 8th Company, Australian Machine Gun Corps (patient, Southwark Military Hospital, England), 19 June [1917?]: 'I saw Stratford who was batman to Lieut. Shepherd, killed at Fleur Baix (sic) on July 19, 1916. He was buried at Cellar Farm Cemetery.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin (1922): Half-sister, Miss Laura CALLENDER, c/o Mrs Anderson, Chadderley Avenue, East St Kilda, Victoria.
SourcesNAA: B244, STRATFORD Gordon Edward
Red Cross File No 2650303

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