Stanley David OWEN MM

OWEN, Stanley David

Service Numbers: 16187, V366117
Enlisted: 16 March 1942
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Army Medical Corps (AIF)
Born: Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 29 November 1895
Home Town: Kew East, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Princes Hill
Occupation: Jeweller
Died: Prostate cancer, Kew, Victoria, Australia, date not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

16 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, SN 16187, Army Medical Corps (AIF)
16 Dec 1916: Embarked Private, SN 16187, Army Medical Corps (AIF), HMAT Medic, Melbourne

World War 2 Service

16 Mar 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN V366117

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Stan Owen enlisted in 1915 and spent time training and instructing in Castlemaine before departing for the Western Front in December 1916.

Served as a stretcher bearer on the Somme was awarded a Military Medal bringing in wounded under continuous fire near Polygon Wood in September 1917.

Military Medal

'After being continuously on duty in POLYGON WOOD near Ypres from night of 25th/26th September, 1917 to 27th September, 1917 by his courage and determination kept his squad together, led them out from shelter at the 59th Battalion R.A.P. under heavy shell and Machine Gun fire, dressed and brought in two men who were badly wounded and got them back down the route of evacuation to the next relay he then went backwards and forwards between the two positions making in all three complete journeys, under fire the whole time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918


Photos show him with Lance Corporal stripe. He was injured but survived a gas bombardment also.

Returned to Australia 12 June 1919

He was a longstanding member of the Kew RSL and spent many Sundays visiting veterans in Repriation Hospitals. He served in the VDC in World War 2.


Brother: 61905 Pte Herbert Arthur OWEN, 23rd Bn, returned to Australia, 10 April 1919.