Henry Max (Froggy; also known as Harry) STANFORD



Service Number: 1062
Enlisted: 13 December 1915, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Farina, South Australia, 21 August 1893
Home Town: Farina, South Australia
Schooling: Farina Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Ploegstreet, Belgium, 24 April 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Strand Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Wallonie, Belgium
Plot I, Row A, Grave No: 5
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Farina War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

13 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1062, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1062, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide

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"...1062 Private Henry Max Stanford, 43rd Battalion of Farina, SA. A labourer prior to enlistment on 13 December 1915, Pte Stanford embarked from Australia aboard HMAT Afric (A19) in June 1916. He was killed in action on 24 April 1917 at Oosthove Farm near Ploegsteert Wood, Belgium, and is buried at the Strand Military Cemetery. His younger brother SX1668 Private Lawrence William Stanford, was killed in action at Milne Bay, New Guinea on 27 August 1942, aged 37." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)


The residents of Farina were shocked to hear that Private Harry Stanford bad been killed in action "somewhere in France." The deceased hero was one of the first to enlist from Farina, and his death is the first loss the town has sustained. Private Stanford lived the majority of his life there." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 15 May 1917 (nla.gov.au)


Mr. and Mrs. H. Stanford, of Farina, have been notified that their eldest son, Private Henry Max Stanford, was killed in France on April 24. He was born at Farina nearly 24 yeans ago. He was educated at the Farina public school, and prior to enlisting he was employed on the East West railway. Before he was accepted for service he offered himself three times. He went into camp in December, 1915, and sailed on June 9 last." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 02 Jun 1917 (nla.gov.au)


Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Rootsweb ID: I355312 Born Henry Max STANFORD, 21 August 1893 in Farina, South Australia
SA Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 527 Page: 465 District: Fro.

Father Henry STANFORD and Mother Sarah Stanford (nee HUMPHRYS),
lived at Wellington Road, Payneham, SA.
(4/4/1922 mother advised parents had separated)

b. 04/09/1891  Sarah Frances STANFORD  in Farina, SA
b. 15/11/1897  Henretta May STANFORD  in Farina, SA
b. 31/08/1901  John STANFORD  in Farina, SA
b. 25/05/1905  Lawarance William STANFORD  in Farina, SA

Sibling in service:
SX1668  Lawrence William Stanford (WWII)
             Private in 2/10th Australian Infantry Battalion
             27/8/1942  Killed in action
             buried in: Milne Bary War Cemetery, Plot A; Row C; Grave 10
                            Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Bomana, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Described on enlisting as 22 years 4 months old; single; 5' 4" tall; nuggety build; 133 lbs;
medium complexion; brown eyes; dark brown hair; Church of England.

13/12/1915   enlisted

16/4/1916     appointed to D Company, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Morphettville Camp

9/6/1916       embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide onboard HMAT Afric A19
                    as a Private with 43 Infantry Battalion

25/11/1916   proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton

9/3/1917       sick with mumps, admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, in the field
10/3/1917     admitted to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, France
12/3/1917     admitted to 14th Stationary Hospital, Arques, France
14/3/1917     returned to duty
18/3/1917     rejoined 43rd Battalion in the field

24/4/1917     killed in action
buried in:      just north of Ploegsteert, 3 miles north of Armentieres, France

buried in:     Strand Military Cemetery, 13 Kms south of Ieper town centre,
                   on the Rijselseweg N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen and on to Armentieres.
                   Plot I; Row A; Grave 5

Medals:        British War medal (41894) and Victory medal (41456)
                   Memorial Plaque and Scroll (315666)

His name is commemorated on Panel 137 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  10/10/2016.  Lest we forget.