William Norman STEPHENSON


STEPHENSON, William Norman

Service Number: 2485
Enlisted: 13 April 1916, Kadina, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Saddleworth , South Australia, May 1890
Home Town: Kainton, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Mallala Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 19 October 1917
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
XXV. K. 12A.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Arthurton WW1 Honour Roll Plaque, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mallala Public School Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

13 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2485, Kadina, South Australia
21 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2485, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2485, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Adelaide
17 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2485, 50th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, Shell wound (skull)

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Biography contributed by Mary Fisher

"...2485 William Norman Stephenson, 50th Battalion. A farmer from Kainton, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 5th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 21 September 1916 aboard HMAT Commonwealth (A73) for Plymouth, England. On arrival at the 13th Training Battalion he reverted to the rank of Private (Pte) and then joined his battalion on the Western Front, France, in mid-December 1916. Pte Stephenson was wounded in action at Broodseinde Ridge, Belgium, on 17 October 1917 and died of these wounds two days later. He was aged 27 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)