Archibald Job STANTON


STANTON, Archibald Job

Service Numbers: 1087, R1087
Enlisted: 21 September 1914, Pontville, Tasmania
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Cygnet, Tasmania, 3 November 1888
Home Town: Cygnet, Huon Valley, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Wheelwright
Died: Died of wounds, France, 18 April 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Ebblinghem Military Cemetery
Ebblinghem Military Cemetery, Ebblinghem, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hobart Roll of Honour, Port Cygnet Soldiers Memorial, Tasmanian Football League Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

21 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1087, Pontville, Tasmania
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1087, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1087, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
9 May 1915: Wounded SN 1087, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (head)
8 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN R1087, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Hobart
8 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN R1087, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1087, 12th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

The White Feather

This is a story that was told to me by my Nana, who was Great Great Uncle Archie's Niece. The story goes that after his embarkation he took part in the Gallipoli Landings on 25 April 1915. He served with distinction before being wounded later in the campaign, and was recovering from his wounds in Cairo when the campaign ended. We are unsure as to the details of those wounds, however they must of been serious enough as he was repatriated back to Australia and discharged. A short time after a gentleman in Hobart, Tasmania, unaware of Archie's service presented him with a white feather, the symbol of a coward in front of a group of people. To prove he was no coward, even though he had nothing to prove, he managed to re enlist and embarked with the 12th Infantry Battalion on board HMAT Ballarat on the 8th August 1916. As a result he was eventually wounded and died on the 18th April 1918.

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