|Place of birth||Mullumbimby, New South Wales|
|Address||Mullumbimby, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||18|
|Next of kin||Father, Michael Stapleton, Mullumbimby, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Lismore, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||42nd Battalion, B Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/59/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||3rd Division Medium Trench Mortar Battery|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of burial||Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot I, Row C, Grave No. 60), France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Family/military connections||Brother: 2657 Pte Daniel Patrick STAPLETON, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 17 March 1917.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 5 June 1916; disembarked Southampton, England, 23 July 1916.
Found guilty, 1 August 1916, of drunkenness: fined 7/6.
Transferred to 3rd Trench Mortar Battery, 17 October 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1916.
Wounded in action, 24 January 1917 (1st and 2nd fingers, right hand), and admitted to 10th Field Ambulance; transferred to 11th Field Ambulance, 29 January 1917; to 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 8 February 1917 (septic right finger); to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 11 February 1917; to England, 13 February 1917, and admitted same day to Ontario Military Hospital; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, and discharged on furlough, 26 February 1917, to report to Training Depot, Perham Downs, 13 March 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1917.
Found guilty, Base Depot, Etaples, 10 April 1917, of being absent without leave from 6.15 am Parade on 10 April: forfeited 4 days' pay, and awarded 10 days' confined to barracks.
Rejoined unit, in the field, 25 April 1917.
Appointed Temporary Bombardier, 23 May 1917; Bombardier, 10 June 1917; Temporary Corporal, 10 June 1917; Corporal, 10 June 1917.
On leave, 13 January 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 21 January 1918.
Admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, 8 February 1918; transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 3 March 1918; discharged to Base, 20 March 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 19 days.
Rejoined unit, in the field, 25 August 1918.
Killed in action, 1 September 1918.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, STAPLETON James Joseph|