Eustace Walter STARKEY

STARKEY, Eustace Walter

Service Number: 3473
Enlisted: 7 October 1916, at Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wilmington, South Australia , 10 November 1891
Home Town: Wilmington, Mount Remarkable, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Keswick, South Australia, 2 January 1935, aged 43 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Section: LO, Road: 5S, Site No: 35
Memorials: Willowie Schools and District Roll of Honor, Wilmington District WW1 Honour Boards
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World War 1 Service

7 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3473, 50th Infantry Battalion, at Adelaide
10 Feb 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3473, 50th Infantry Battalion
10 Feb 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3473, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
14 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3473, 50th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, SW right knee (later amputated)

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Biography contributed by Orroroo Area School

Eustace Walter Starkey was born in November 1891 on the tenth. He was born in Wilmington, South Australia. He weighed 140 lbs and stood at 5’5 and was a labourer before he enlisted for war. Walter attended the Church of England. He was twenty four and single when he left for World War One.  

Walter left for war in 1917 on the HMAT A48 Seang Bee. He was in the 50th battalion, 9th reinforcement and his service number was 3473. 

Eustace was shot in his right leg above the knee on 14th of October, 1917 during service in Broodseinde Ridge, France, where on a somewhat rainy day,  there had been heavy shelling and enemy planes were very active overhead. The wound had damaged him enough that the leg had to be amputated and as he was unable to continue fighting he was sent back to Australia. 

Once sent back to Australia he received the British War Medal and a Victory Medal for his service. 

He married and had three children, two sons and a daughter.