Stephen GRACE


GRACE, Stephen

Service Number: 2575
Enlisted: 10 April 1916, Blackboy Hill, WA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 44th Infantry Battalion
Born: Goroke, Vic., 1891
Home Town: Leonora, Leonora, Western Australia
Schooling: Goroke State School, Kookynie State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Service, France, 4 July 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Gwalia Honour Board, Leonora Road Board District Roll of Honor, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

10 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2575, 44th Infantry Battalion, Blackboy Hill, WA
9 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2575, 44th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2575, 44th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Argyllshire, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Michael and Catherine GRACE, Gwalia, Western Australia

Goroke Gatherings
(From Our Own Correspondent)
Mr Thos Grace of 'Crolans'', Goroke, has received word that his nephew, Private Stephen Grace, has been killed in action somewhere in France. Private Grace, who was educated at the Goroke State School, possessed a sterling character, and showed exceptional promise. Prior to enlisting, he was conducting a successful business at Leonora, WA , and on joining the A.I.F, left his two
brothers to look after the business while he was serving his country.
Having enlisted in August, 1915, Private Grace left Perth in December, 1915, with the 5th reinforcements of the 44th battalion, and went through some heavy fighting in France. His brother was killed  in France just two years ago. He is the fifth nephew of Mr T Grace to pay the supreme sacrifice in the great struggle, eight in all having enlisted, a record of thorough patriotism certainly for one to feel proud of. The three others are still doing their bit in France. The six sons of Mr J Grace, of Birchip, a brother of Mr T. Grace, enlisted at the beginning of the war, three having given their lives at Lonesome Pine in August, 1915. Private Stephen Grace was the son of Mr M. Grace, who lived at Goroke some years ago, and was 25 years of age.