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Stanley WITHAM

Regimental number427
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDriver
Address15 Martin Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 10"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Witham, 24 Staffield Row, Bow, London, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Field Artillery, British Army; resigned.
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentAlbert Park, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4017
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VI, Row I, Grave No. 47), La chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
169
Other details

War service: Western Front

GWF

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 25 April 1915 (gun shot wound, arm); transferred to Malta; returned to duty, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Admitted to No 2 Field Ambulance, 26 August 1915 (diarrhoea), and transferred same day to No 1 Casualty Clearing Station; to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 1 September 1915 (enteritis).

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HS 'Ceramic', 25 September 1915.

Re-embarked Melbourne, 23 November 1915, on board HMAT A 40 'Ceramic'.

Allotted to and proceeded to join 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 February 1916, and reverted to the ranks.

Appointed Lance Corporal, Ferry Post, 27 March 1916.

Promoted Corporal, Moascar, 27 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, 12 July 1916; rejoined Bn, 16 July 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.
SourcesNAA: B2455, WITHAM Stanley

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