John Donald Stalker

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John Donald Stalker
Stalker John Donald.jpg
Sunday Times 24 Oct 1915 page 1
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1886
Place of Birth Dunedin, New Zealand
Death 27 Nov 1955, aged 70
Place of Death Nedlands, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 29 years, 8 months
Description 5'9½" (1.77m) tall ; 183lbs
83.007 kg
; medium complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Mill hand
Religion Church of England
Address Arnold street, Gosnells, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Christina Stalker
Military Information
Reg Number 2074
Date of Enlistment 6 Mar 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement posted to B Company
Date of Embarkation 26 Apr 1915 ‒ 18 May 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A20 Hororata
Date of Return 23 May 1917 ‒ 9 Jul 1917
Ship Returned On HMAT A33 Ayrshire
Fate WIA 8 Aug 1915
WIA 4 Feb 1917
Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Gosnells Ward Honour Roll
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1913 - 1914 Barrabupp (Nannup), mill hand.

War Service

John entered Blackboy Hill camp on 6 Mar 1915 and was allocated to the 5th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion. He travelled with them to Egypt and on to Gallipoli where he was taken on strength by the 16th Battalion on 28 Jul 1915.

On 8 Aug 1915 he presented to the 2nd Field Ambulance dressing station with a bullet wound to his right hand before being transferred to the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station and then on 9 Aug 1915 to the 3rd Australian General Hospital on Lemnos. On 21 Aug 1915 he was evacuated on HMHS Neuralia to the Floriana Military Hospital on Malta, and on 18 Sep 1915 he was again transferred, this time on the SS Oxfordshire operating as a hospital ship, to England. Arriving on 25 Sep 1915, he was admitted to the 2nd Birmingham War Hospital. (Lost one finger joint). Discharged to duty on 19 Oct 1915.

On recovering from his wound, John joined the 21st reinforcement draft for his unit and returned to Egypt on HMT Ivernia on 16 Feb 1916. John had rejoined his unit in Egypt on 5 Mar 1916, and thus was with them when they boarded the HMT Canada in Alexandria harbour on 1 Jun 1916 for Marseilles in southern France where they arrived on 7 Jun 1916. After a short march they boarded a train for northern France and the Western Front. Here they participated in battles at Poziéres (406 casualties) and Mouquet Farm (231 casualties); and held the line near Flers during the bitter winter of 1916-17. While one entry in John's individual record has him wounded by shell fire on 5 Feb 1917, the battalion history "The Old Sixteenth" has this occurring on 4 Feb 1917. This is confirmed in the medical report.

John was seen by the 12th Field Ambulance who transferred him to the 45th Casualty Clearing Station the same day. The wounds were to his left eye, nose and right arm, causing the loss of his left eye which was removed on 6 Feb 1917. Transferred to the 13th Stationary Hospital on 7 Feb 1917, John was embarked on HMHS Cambria in Boulogne Harbour for England on 11 Feb 1917. On arrival in England John was admitted to the 2nd London General Hospital in Chelsea, before being released to the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital on 14 Mar 1917. Granted furlough from 10 - 25 Apr 1917, he was to then report to No. 2 Command Depot in Weymouth to rebuild his strength. However, on 24 Apr 1917 he was admitted to the 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital in Bulford for Venereal Disease treatment, and on 16 May 1917 he was released to duty. Total VD treatment time (ineffective service) was 23 days.

On arrival home, John was admitted to the 8th Australian General Hospital at Fremantle from 9 Jul to 6 Aug 1917 for further treatment, before being discharged by the 5th Military District on 22 Aug 1917, and granted a pension of 30/- ($3) fortnightly from 23 Aug 1917.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1918 Ellis Creek (Nannup), mill hand; 1921 Barrabupp (Nannup), mill hand; 1931 Argyle(Donnybrook), mill hand; 1934 - 1943 Roleystone, mill hand; 1954 Sunset Home, Nedlands, retired


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