Stanley Gustave GOERS

Badge Number: S968, Sub Branch: Blackwood
S968

GOERS, Stanley Gustave

Service Number: 3500
Enlisted: 17 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, SA, 1890
Home Town: Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: South Australia, 18 June 1976, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Hawthorn Victory Lodge Roll of Honour, Keswick Prospect Highbury Street Methodist Sunday School Old Scholars Roll of Honour, Keswick Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Board WW1, Prospect Methodist Sunday School Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

17 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3500, 27th Infantry Battalion
12 Jan 1916: Involvement 3500, 27th Infantry Battalion
12 Jan 1916: Embarked 3500, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, 3500, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

GOERS Stanley Gustave was born in 1890 and served throughout World War One. He had dark hair, hazel eyes, and was 5’8. His mother was named Sarah Gustave. He was enlisted on the 17th July 1915. After much training, on the 12th January 1916, he was assigned to the 27th Infantry Battalion. Two years later on the 11th November 1918 he joined the 10th Infantry Battalion.

Before the war

Prior to the war, Stanley as a child lived in a suburb in Adelaide called Norwood, but later on in his life moved to Walkerville in the east of the city with his Mother. Stanley Gustave worked as a clerk prior to enlistment, however, the documents found did not specify what type of clerk he worked as. Stanley Gustave married a lady named Daphne who was a very special part of his life and towards the age of 27 he started to sign documents stating that he would serve Australia until the end of the war then soon enlisted to become a part of the Australian Imperial Force.

During the war

At the age of 26, on the 11th of January 1916 Goers embarked with the 27th Infantry Battalion with around 800-1,000 other soldiers mostly from Adelaide. Goers and his Battalion departed Australia and boarded a ship to Egypt.  He was transferred to the 10th Battalion on the 28th February 1916, and travelled to France disembarking at Marseilles 3rd April 1916

Unfortunately, whilst in action at Pozieres on 23rd July 1917 Stanley received a significant gunshot injury to his left knee and the wound was initially dressed at the 1st Field Ambulance and then he was sent to the 1st Australian General Hospital for further treatment, with the loose fragments of bone packed with saline. The bullet shattered the top of his tibia (a bone in his leg) which would have been very painful and uncomfortable for him. He was transferred to Beaufort England to the 3rd Australian General Hospital where the shrapnel in his knee was removed and his leg was splinted. He was considered too injured to continue serving and was discharged incapacitated and left England on 22nd February 1917 on the ship Karoola arriving back in Adelaide in April where he received further treatment from the Military Hospital at Keswick.

After the war

He went back to working as a clerk,. On the 18th of June 1976, at the age of 77, Stanley passed away from unknown causes. He was buried at Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia. He was recognised for his brave and heroic service during World War One on four memorials. These include the Hawthorn Victory Lodge Roll of Honour, the Keswick Prospect Highbury Street Methodist Sunday School Old Scholars Roll of Honour, the Keswick Honour Board of WW1, and the Prospect Honour Roll.

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