Kenneth Travers STEPHEN MC


STEPHEN, Kenneth Travers

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: Royal Field Artillery
Born: St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, 1887
Home Town: Maffra, Wellington, Victoria
Schooling: Haileybury College
Occupation: Solicitor
Died: Died of Wounds, Picardie, Somme, Aubigny, France, 22 April 1918
Cemetery: Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension
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Memorials: Haileybury College HB
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World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Involvement Captain, SN Officer, Royal Field Artillery

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Sidney and Blanche Stephen, of 10, Middle Crescent, Brighton, Melbourne

Mr Sidney Stephen, solicitor, of  Middle cres[c]ent, Brighton, has received the information that his eldest son, Mr Kenneth Travers Stephen, who was lately practising as a barrister and solicitor at Maffra, Gippsland, has obtained his commission in the Royal Field Artillery, and is now in reserve at Codford, near Salisbury Plains, England. - October 1916

Awarded Military Cross

Stephen went to England and joined the Royal Artillery in January 1916, and he rose to the rank of Captain.  He served with distinction in Belgium and France, and was awarded the Military Cross, but was killed on 22nd April 1918.  At school he captained the eighteen for two years, and was a good ruckman.  He matriculated with honours in classics, and passed through the University Law course.  He was in practice at Maffra, and resigned his practice to serve his country.  He came back to us for a time as a master in chich capacity he attained much success.