Stanley Roy BOBRIDGE

BOBRIDGE, Stanley Roy

Service Numbers: 801, N78161
Enlisted: 25 November 1914, Holsworthy, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2 Garrison Battalion (NSW)
Born: Norwood, South Australia, Australia, 17 June 1892
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Grote Street School
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Natural causes (heart), Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia, 7 November 1970, aged 78 years
Cemetery: Pinegrove Memorial Park & Crematorium, N.S.W.
Resting with his wife Clara Hannah in Calvery Section Pinegrove Memorial Park Minchinbury.
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World War 1 Service

25 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 801, Holsworthy, New South Wales
6 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 801, 1st Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Clan MacCorquodale, Sydney
6 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 801, 1st Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
15 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 801, 1st Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
13 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Driver, 14th Field Artillery Brigade
2 Aug 1917: Wounded Driver, SN 801, 14th Field Artillery Brigade , Third Ypres, GSW (back)
2 Oct 1917: Wounded Driver, SN 801, 14th Field Artillery Brigade , Polygon Wood, 2nd occasion (gassed)
9 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Driver, SN 801, 14th Field Artillery Brigade

World War 2 Service

12 Aug 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN N78161
12 Aug 1940: Enlisted Private, SN N78161, Volunteer Defence Corps (SA), Sydney, New South Wales
13 Aug 1940: Involvement Private, SN N78161, 2 Garrison Battalion (NSW), Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
6 Feb 1942: Discharged Private, SN N78161, 2 Garrison Battalion (NSW)

My Fathers real name

My Fathers real name is Stanley Roy Bobridge, why he enlisted as George Sanderson is unknown to the Family although this is a Cousins name, we believe he had a Police record in South Australia and this may have been the reason why, Stanley fought at Gallipoli then went back to Egypt and was then sent to the Western Front with the 54th Brigade, he was wounded twice during his time in France, returned to Australia after his Unit was disabandoned in November 1918 married my Mother and went on to have 9 Children and lived until he was 77 years old (d 1970).
He reenlisted in WW2 and served at a Garrison for 18 months but left the Army due to ill Health.

He was a fine Man and a great Father.

His name was corrected with the Army and is registered today as Stanley Roy Bobridge #801.

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Biography contributed by Beverley Prouting

Stanley was a lively lad and came from a Large English family. His father came to South Australia in 1859 from Northamptonshire and the family had very hard life. Stanley left Adelaide and made his way to N.S.W. via a paddle steamer on the Murray River, and then by train to Sydney.

He met up with my mother's brother and they became fast friends. Both joined the A.I.F. on the same day. They embarked for Egypt and then on to Gallipoli together. My uncle Jim was wounded and shipped back to Australia. Dad returned to Egypt where he left the 1st Light Horse and transferred to the infantry. Dad went on to the Western Front to fight in France where he remained for over 2 years. He was wounded twice, had two R&R trips to the UK plus a stint in Hospital in the UK.

His Service Record has some very interesting entries. He spent many days A.W.O.L. and lost quite an amount of his wages in penalties.

Still I look back and think he was away from home for 1370 days, and that would be enough to make anyone run away sometimes.

He returned to Australia in November 1918 and married my mother, Clara Hannah Jarman. Together they had 9 children, but he was not a well man for the remainder of his life. Yet he still got up every day and went to work. He passed away after a long illness and is resting with his beloved wife (my mother) ...together, as it should be. - Beverley Prouting


Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Enlisted and served in WWI under alias  George Henry SANDERSON