Bertram George STACEY MM and Bar

Badge Number: S4399, Sub Branch: Glossop, SA
S4399

STACEY, Bertram George

Service Number: 1743
Enlisted: 14 March 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Tilbury, England, 1887
Home Town: Forest Range, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Orchardist
Died: Natural causes, Glossop, South Australia, 16 January 1964
Cemetery: Berri Cemetery, S.A.
Memorials: Woodside District of Onkaparinga Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

14 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1743, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1743, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1743, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
24 Apr 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, 1743, 50th Infantry Battalion

Bertram George Stacey

Bertram George Stacey was born in April 1887 in Tilsbury, Wiltshire, England. He was a gardener by occupation. Stacey enlisted on the 14th March 1916 aged 28 and nominated his wife, Caroline Stacey of Forest Range, as his next of kin.
Stacey left Adelaide on the 11th April 1916 on board the Aeneas and from Tel-el-Kabir proceeded to join the 50th Battalion. On the 5th June he joined the British Expeditionary Force in Alexandria. On the 12th June he arrived in Marseilles.
Stacey was awarded a bar to the Military Medal for
“conspicuous services rendered” on the 21st October B.G. Stacey 1916 in Flanders near Messines Ridge. The th April 1917 M.M and Bar
Commonwealth Gazette No. 62 of the 19 states that in late 1916, near Mouquet Farm “the hostile artillery concentrated very accurately on a communication trench, causing many casualties. In spite of the shellfire this stretcher-bearer went bravely in and attended to the wounded. His splendid example steadied other men and encouraged them to assist in the dangerous work. The rapid clearance of the communication trench was largely due to the prompt action of Pte. Stacey.” On the 2nd April 1917 Stacey was wounded in action, but was able to remain on duty. Caroline Stacey was advised of her husband’s wounding. Stacey was temporarily appointed Lance Corporal on the 28th September 1918. On the 23rd of November he was admitted to hospital with a septic heel which troubled him until the 1st of December, when he was admitted to University War Hospital in Southampton suffering the additional problem of an abscess on the buttock.

On the 24th of January 1919, Stacey left Devonport, England to return to Australia on board the Delta, arriving home on the 9th March 1919 and was discharged on the 24th of April due to the cessation of hostilities. After the war Stacey successfully sought replacement of his Military Medal which had been lost in transit. Bertram George Stacey died on the 17th January 1964.


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Biography

"THE MILITARY MEDAL.

Mrs. B. G. Stacey, of Forest Range, has been advised that her husband, Private B. G. Stacey, has been awarded the Miliary Medal for bravery whilst stretcher bearing at the front. Private Stacey has also been congratulated by Major-General Sir H. V. Cox, the commander of the 4th Australian Division, on his brave work whilst stretcher-bearing at Mouquet Farm on September 3. Private Stacey enlisted on February 29 last, and left for the front on April 11. Prior to enlisting he worked for Mr. Townsend at Forest Range. He came from England four years ago. His wife and daughter reside at Forest Range." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 09 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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