Henry Thomas STRATFORD

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STRATFORD, Henry Thomas

Service Number: 5117
Enlisted: 3 May 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Southampton England, October 1873
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sailmaker
Died: Accidental, New Zealand Military Hospital, Codford, Wiltshire, England, 4 March 1918
Cemetery: Codford St. Mary (St. Mary) New Churchyard, Wiltshire, England
Codford St. Mary New Churchyard (97), Wiltshire
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 May 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5117, 31st Infantry Battalion
14 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, SN 5117, 31st Infantry Battalion
14 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, SN 5117, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 4th March........Private Henry Thomas Stratford was born at Southampton, England around 1873. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 3rd May, 1917 & was a 43 year old, single, Sailmaker from Brisbane, Queensland.

Private Stratford arrived in England on 26th August, 1917 for further training before being sent to the Front. He was posted to 8th Training Battalion at Hurdcott, Wiltshire on 26th August, 1917 then transferred to 14th Training Battalion at Codford, Wiltshire on 5th November, 1917.

Private Stratford was admitted to New Zealand Military Hospital on 23rd February, 1918 with a compound fracture of skull after falling from a train. His Medical Case Sheet states he was “admitted deeply unconscious”.

Private Henry Thomas Stratford died at 4 a.m. on 4th March, 1918 at No. 3 New Zealand General Hospital of a fractured skull the result of a Railway accident. He had not regained consciousness. A Post Mortem was conducted on 5th March, 1918 & cause of death was recorded as “Laceration of Brain.” A Court of Enquiry was held & the verdict was death from Compound Depressed Fracture of the Skull, caused by injuries accidently sustained in alighting from a train in motion near Codford Station G.W.R. on the 23rd February 1918.
Private Stratford was buried in St. Mary's New Cemetery (Anzac Cemetery) at Codford, Wiltshire, where 30 other WW1 Australian Soldiers (& 66 New Zealand Soldiers) are buried.
Photos courtesy of Romy Wyeth, Codford.

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