Sidney (Dugie) STANBURY


Other Name: Schwonberg, Dugald Stuart (Dugie)
Service Number: 2982A
Enlisted: 19 January 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Maclean, New South Wales, Australia, 10 March 1884
Home Town: Maclean, Clarence Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Maclean Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 15 March 1917, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beaudesert War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2982A, 31st Infantry Battalion
14 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, 2982A, 31st Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
14 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, 2982A, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Greg Towner

Sidney Stanbury was born Dugald Stuart Schwonberg to Francis Henry and Ellen Schwonberg of Maclean.   His grandfather Joachim Schwonberg was a pioneer settler and shipbuilder at Maclean, then known as Rocky Mouth, from 1866.   Dugald's father Frank continued as a shipbuilder in Maclean and the Schwonberg children had an idyllic life growing up on the banks of the Clarence River at Maclean.   Dugald was known as 'Dugie'.

Dugie came to attention at Maclean when appearing on stage in amateur plays, and also for his part with younger brother Claude in rescuing passengers on a vessel that had become wedged on rocks in the river.

Dugie moved to Queensland and was employed as a labourer in a timber mill at Glenapp south of Beaudesert.  That was undoubtedly thirsty work and Dugie met a barmaid in Beaudesert, Rose Louisa Jensen, who became pregnant.   This would not have met with the approval of Dugies strict church-going parents, and the subsequent conflict is believed to be the reason Dugie changed his name to Sidney Stanbury.   Sidney and Rose married and they had four children, one girl and three boys.

Despite having a large family, perhaps needing a larger income for its support and following his younger brother Claude's example, Dugie enlisted in the AIF.

Sidney Stanbury - Dugie - met Claude on two occasions on the Western Front in France.   He was then sent on a patrol along Tongue Trench towards Till Trench as his battalion prepared to assault Bapaume during the German withdrawal to the Hindenberg Line in March 1917.   He was killed by an artillery shell in Till Trench on 15 March 1917 five days after his birthday.