Bunbury – Wellington District Western Australia
3/01/1916- Completed Medical Examination Bridgetown WA
8/01/1916- To 41 Depot Blackboy Hill WA as Private
8/03/1916- To ” A ” Company No. 7 Depot Battalion Blackboy Hill
13/03/1916- Allotted to 16th Reinforcements 16th Battalion Bunbury WA
1/04/1916- To NCO School Belmont WA
12/04/1916- Appointed Corporal with 19th Reinforcements 16th Battalion
9/08/1916- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard ” Miltiades ” bound for England
20/09/1916- Disembarked Plymouth England ex Australia To Training Battalion
18/10/1916- Appointed Acting Corporal at 7th Training Battalion Codford England
4/12/1916- Proceeded Overseas 4th Australian Division Base Depot Etaples France ex Folkestone ex Codford
5/12/1916- Reverts to Rank Private
22/12/1916- Taken on Strength 16th Battalion in the field France
11/04/1917- Reported Missing in Action France
11/04/1917- Confirmed Killed in Action Reincourt France.
REPORTS OF SOLDIER’S DEATH
Informant – SERMON, Pte. Claude, 6202- 16th Battalion AIF _ ” The last time I saw him was on the morning of April 11th. He was lying in the bottom of a trench with a bullet in his stomach, had his right leg smashed and I think broken. He was quite cheerful but was very weak. Two chaps afterwards carried him into a big German dug-out amongst some other wounded. We shortly had to evacuate the trench and STEWART, if still alive, was taken prisoner. I knew STEWART personally, as I came over in the same reinforcements to this Battalion leaving Western Australia on August 9th , 1916. He is of dark complexion, had a dark moustache, of rather thin build about 5 foot 10 in height and speaks with a Scotch accent. He had a thumb or finger missing on one hand “.
Informant – BROWN, Pte. R.P., 4543 – 16th Battalion AIF – ” I saw STEWART lying wounded in the bottom of a German second-line trench on the morning of 11 April, 1917 at Bullecourt. He spoke to me saying he was shot in both legs and side by machine gun fire but was feeling alright at the time “.
SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED
British War Medal – No. 44678
Victory Medal – No. 44174
Memorial Plaque/Scroll – No. 338297.
Manjimup War Memorial WA
Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT – Panel No. 81
Villers-Brettoneux Memorial France.