The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- William George Raymond
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘D’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Semaphore, South Australia
- Father's Name:
- George Malcolm Douglas Stuart
- Mothers's Name:
- Emma Ann Myra Stuart (nee Pilkington)
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Carpenter’s Trade Assistant
- Kranji War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 6, Row C, Grave 12-14, Age 49.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action
- Place of Death:
- 14 mile peg, Lim Chu Kang Road
- Date of Death:
- Singapore Military Cemetery, Collective Grave 12-14
Soldier was coming out from the west coast of Singapore when his group were split up under enemy small arms fire. He was not seen again.
This soldier was veteran of WWI. He was wounded in action with 16th Battalion at Gallipoli. He was wounded again at Hill 63 Messines Ridge and was awarded a Military Medal for his actions at Proyart with 48th Battallion in 1918.
He was also a Staff Sergeant and a Vickers machine gun instructor with the 16th Battalion militia.
The above date of April 1946 suggests War Graves were not able to confirm his death earlier.
William (known as Bill) was the eldest of 7 surviving children born to his parents George Malcolm Douglas Stuart b. Scotland 1860 who married 1892 Port Adelaide to Emma Ann Myra Pilkington.
Geoerge Stuart died 1925 SA and William’s mother Emma died in 1928.
At 22 years Bill, single and employed as a cabinet maker, residing at Alberton, SA enlisted October 1914. With service No. 1349 he initially joined 16th Battalion, going to Egypt.
In April 1916 he was transferred to 40th Btn. He served in France as Corporal. Court Martialled Mar 1916 for being absent w/out leave and was demoted to Private. Bill appears to be in and out of trouble with AIF until 5 September 1918, whilst serving with Fourth Division he is awarded Military Medal and this time promoted to Sergeant. He returns to SA 31 July 1919.
Bill however married in 1918 to Laura Alice Fordyce at Sunderland, Durham. Laura moves to SA. The couple have 2 daughters.
The below notice has been printed in SA Police Gazette 1925.
The first time we track William to WA is in the 1931 Electoral Roll working at Salmon Gums as Builder with Ruby Eveline.
1936 and 1937 they are living Ora Banda with William builder.
About this time in 1937 Ruby and Bill move to Maylands. He is carpenter and they are residing 105 Sixth Avenue, Maylands.
In 1941 the couple marry. In 1943 Electoral Roll they are living Guildford.
Ruby Eveline Stuart died 17 July 1968 at Mt. Lawley, cremated at Karrakatta.
William George Raymond Stuart enlisted 23 June 1941. He was tragically KIA on 9 February 1945.