William Stanley (Stan) ZUCKER

ZUCKER, William Stanley

Service Number: 53834
Enlisted: 4 April 1918
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: Artillery Details
Born: Redfern, New South Wales, Australia, 22 April 1899
Home Town: Marrickville, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: West Marrickville Public School and Cleveland Street Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Pneumonia, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 20 October 1918, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Apr 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 53834
20 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, 53834, Artillery Details

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Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

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

Died on this date – 20th October…… William Stanley Zucker was born at Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales on 22nd April, 1899 to parents Ernest John and Lavinia Harriet Zucker (nee Hume).

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 4th April, 1918 as a 19 year old, single, Clerk from Marrickville, New South Wales.

Private William Stanley Zucker, Service number 53834, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on SS Field Marshal on 19th June, 1918 with the 4th N. (New South Wales General Service) Reinforcements & disembarked at London, England on 26th August, 1918.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.

On 26th August, 1918 Private Zucker was marched in to 14th Training Battalion in England from Australia. He was allotted to Reinforcements of 13th Battalion (as per Casualty Form – Active Service, however the Statement of Service form recorded he was allotted to Reinforcements of 30th Battalion) at 14th Training Battalion on the same day.

He was admitted sick to Brigade Clearing Hospital, Codford, Wiltshire on 28th August, 1918 with Bronchitis. Private Zucker was discharged & marched in to 14th Training Battalion on 31st August, 1918.

Private Zucker was transferred to Artillery Details on 10th October, 1918 & was marched out to R.B.A.A. (Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery) at Heytesbury, Wiltshire.

On 11th October, 1918 Private Zucker was taken on strength from 3rd Brigade at Hurdcott, Wiltshire & mustered as Gunner  with R.B.A.A.

He was sent sick to Sutton Veny Hospital, Wiltshire on 14th October, 1918 with Influenza & was transferred to Fargo Military Hospital, Wiltshire on 17th October, 1918.

A Cable was prepared advising that 53834 William Stanley Zucker, 13th Battalion had been admitted on 17th October, 1918 to Fargo Military Hospital with Purulent Bronchitis. The Hospital Admissions form recorded he was admitted on 16th October, 1918 & was suffering from Pneumonia (Double). The Remarks section recorded: “Admitted on 16/10/18 Broncho-Pneumonia. Temp 104.6 Pulse 110 Respiration 40. Cough purulent…….17/10/18 Cyanosed …. Delirium…. 18/10/18 No change. Temp 103.4 Pulse 124 Resp 42…….”

Gunner William Stanley Zucker died at 15.20 hrs on 20th October, 1918 at Fargo Military Hospital, Wiltshire, England from Pneumonia.

A Post Mortem was conducted on 22nd October, 1918. Finding – “Acute inflammation of the right & left lower lobes of the lung, rupture of the lung & pleura at the helium, emphysema of mediastina, Pneumothorax & general Emphysema of thoracic contents extending to superficial tissues of thorax, neck & face. Old pleural adhesions present.”

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.


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