Ellis Andrew STONES

STONES, Ellis Andrew

Service Numbers: 437, V372715
Enlisted: 2 September 1914, Broadmeadows, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd (VIC) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
Born: Wodonga, Victoria, 1 October 1895
Home Town: Essendon, Moonee Valley, Victoria
Schooling: Essendon State School No 483
Occupation: Carriage builder
Died: Natural causes, Ivanhoe, Victoria, 5 April 1975, aged 79 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Essendon State School No 483 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

2 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 437, Broadmeadows, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 437, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 437, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 437, 7th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (leg)
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 437, 7th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
27 Mar 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 437, 7th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

15 Mar 1942: Enlisted Private, SN V372715, Volunteer Defence Corps (SA), Heidelberg, Victoria
15 Mar 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN V372715
24 Aug 1942: Discharged Private, SN V372715, 2nd (VIC) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Ellis Andrew Stones (1895-1975), garden designer, was born on 1 October 1895 at Wodonga, Victoria, only son and second of four children of Thomas James Stones, customs officer, and his wife Hannah May, née Downs, both Victorian born. Ellis grew up at Essendon, Melbourne. He attended Moonee Ponds West State School and served an apprenticeship to a carpenter with the Victorian Railways. Five ft 6 ins (168 cm) tall, with clear blue eyes and an infectious grin, he kept fit by boxing, and by playing cricket and football. He was energetic and modest, and had a strong artistic bent.

On 3 September 1914 Stones enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force and was posted to the 7th Battalion. During the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 he was wounded in the left leg. Invalided home, he was discharged from the A.I.F. on 27 March 1916. After serving (1917-20) in the Australian Military Forces, he resumed work as a carpenter. His sunny nature helped him to endure hard physical labour despite constant pain from his shattered leg. At St John's Presbyterian Church, Essendon, on 14 March 1922 he married Olive Munro Doyle; they were to have a son (d.1923) and three daughters..." - READ MORE LINK (adb.anu.edu.au)

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