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Regimental number1423
Place of birthEaglehawk, Victoria
AddressParsonage Grove, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Stirling, Parsonage Grove, Eaglehawk, Victoria
Enlistment date6 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
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Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'At HOLLEBEKE on the night of the 30th September 1916 during a silent raid on the enemy's trench Pte. Stirling displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Pt. Stirling was first bayonet man of the Left Party. After gaining the German trench he encountered and took prisoner one German within 30 seconds, he then moved along the trench with great dash, and met two of the enemy under overhead cover, who immediately fired one shot each. Pte. Stirling replied with two shots killing both. He then proceeded along the trench, and captured another German whom he passed to the rear. About 15 yards further on he received a severe wound in the back, and had to regain our trenches.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Discharge date18 April 1919
Other details

War service: appointed bugler, 28 March 1915. Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. Admitted to No. 17 General Hospital, Alexandria, 30 April 1915 (sprained knee); transferred to Convalescent Camp, Mustapha, Alexandria, 7 May 1915. Embarked from Alexandria, 14 May 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 18 May 1915. Transferred to hospital, 30 June 1915; admitted to 15th Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 30 June 1915 (influenza); transferred to No. 15 General Hospital, Alexandria, 7 July 1915. Embarked for England on board 'Ceramic', 28 July 1915; admitted to King George Hospital, 7 August 1915. Rejoined unit, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, 15 January 1916.

Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 31 March 1916.

Wounded in action, Belgium (wound, chest), 30 September 1916; admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 4 October 1916. Transferred to 4th Northern General Hospital, England, 19 October 1916. Discharged from hospital, 21 November 1916. Awarded Military Medal, 13 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 January 1917; rejoined unit in France, 7 February 1917. Appointed Lance Corporal, 12 February 1917. Admitted to hospital, 24 April 1917 (scabies); rejoined unit, 10 May 1917.

Admitted to hospital (pyrexia, unknown origin), 7 August 1917; transferred to England (diagnosed trench fever), 31 August 1917, and admitted to Red Cross Hospital, Christ Church, Cosham, 2 September 1917. Granted furlough, 9-23 October 1917, to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 November 1917; rejoined unit, 22 November 1917.

Wounded in action (gassed), 26 December 1917; transferred to England, 3 January 1918, and admitted to Venice St Auxiliary Hospital, London. Granted furlough, 23 February-9 March 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 June 1918; rejoined unit, 13 June 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Berrima', 2 January 1919; discharged, 18 April 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death9 June 1946
Age at death56
Place of burialTrafalgar Cemetery, Victoria

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