Claude Ralph STEPHENS


STEPHENS, Claude Ralph

Service Number: 2151
Enlisted: 15 July 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Adelaide, South Australia, 25 April 1890
Home Town: Glanville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Died: Broncho-pneumonia , To Be Determined, Military Hospital, Wareham, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, 12 December 1916, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Wareham Cemetery
Wareham Cemetery, Wareham, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Coorabie War Memorial, Coorabie and District WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

15 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
28 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2151, 43rd Infantry Battalion
28 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2151, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Heather Ernszt

Son of William  Richard Stephens and Caroline Snowball

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

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

Died on this date – 12th December…… Private Claude Ralph Stephens was born at Port Adelaide, South Australia in 1890. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 15th July, 1916 as a 26 year old, single, Farm Labourer from Fowler’s Bay, South Australia.

Private Claude Ralph Stephens embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on HMAT Anchises (A68) on 28th August, 1916 with the 11th Infantry Brigade, 43rd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 11th October, 1916. Private Stephens had been admitted to the Ship’s Hospital on 27th September, 1916 with Mumps.
He was admitted to Devonport Hospital on 11th October, 1916 with mumps; was discharged from Devonport Military Hospital on 18th October, 1916 & was to report to Perham Downs.

On 23rd October, 1916 Private Stephens was taken on strength of No. 1 Command Depot (Perham Downs, Wiltshire). He was marched out to Wareham (No. 4 Command Depot) on 27th October, 1916.

The Hospital Admissions form recorded that Private Claude Ralph Stephens was admitted to Military Hospital at Wareham on 20th November, 1916. He was reported at Command Depot, Wareham on 30th November, 1916 with Pneumonia – serious.

Private Claude Ralph Stephens died at 5.55 pm on 12th December, 1916 at Military Hospital, Wareham, Dorset, England from Broncho Pneumonia.

He was buried on 15th December, 1916 in Wareham Cemetery, Wareham, Dorset, England where 12 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)




Information has been received that Private Claude R. Stephens died on pneumonia in a London hospital on December 12. Prior to enlisting he was for several years engaged in farming on the West Coast. He was 26 years of age. Two of his brothers are at the front, and another brother resides at Willochra. He was loved by all who knew him." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 06 Dec 1917 (