Service Number: 1179
Enlisted: 5 October 1914, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maitland, New South Wales, April 1880
Home Town: Lismore, Lismore Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Goonellabah Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 25 April 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey, Shell Green Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Goonellabah Roll of Honour, Lismore & District Memorial Honour Roll, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

5 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1179, Townsville, Queensland
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1179, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1179, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1179, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...1179 Lance Sergeant Joseph Stratford, 9th Battalion, of Lismore, NSW. A labourer with three years service in the New South Wales Lancers before enlisting in October 1914, LSgt Stratford left Australia for Egypt with the 1st Reinforcements in December 1914. He landed on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and, according to his Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau file, was killed attacking a Turkish machine-gun position after landing. Newpaper reports attributed LSgt Stratford as the first man ashore on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, however the claim was later questioned by the official historian Charles Bean, who wrote that Lieutenant Duncan Chapman, later killed at Pozieres in 1916, was most probably the first man ashore. Aged 34 when he was killed, LSgt Stratford has no known grave." - SOURCE (