Monday, December 11, 2017

Albert (Stan) Stanley Cork

Stan CorkSerial Number and Rank:  6832, CPL
Birth:  15 April 1895 Buckenboura Birth 1895/14693 Moruya
Parents:  Frederick William Cork and Rhona Simmons
Enlisted: 15 May 1916, just one month after his 21st birthday.
With two brothers already enlisted, his parents would not give permission for him to enlist while under 21.
NOK: F. Frederick Cork, Hilltop Milton
Service: 13th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement.
RTA Aug 1919, he also served in WWII N246298.
Death:  3 November 1954 Milton Hospital.
Burial:  Sandridge Cemetery M/C3/32 Mollymook with full military honours.
Marriage:  Winifred May Turnbull 20 Nov 1920 Hurstville
Honour Rolls:  Croobyar Public School
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Methodist (as S CORK)
Milton School (as S Cork)
Milton Town Memorial.
Noting that Stan Cork also appears on the WWII listings
Burrill School
Brothers – Frank Richmond Cork and Rupert Frederick Cork also served in WW1

Albert Stanley who was known as Stan was born in April 1895 at Buckenboura. Stan Cork and Oliver Paillard, both of Milton enlisted together in May 1916 at Kiama just one month after Stan’s 21st birthday, with his two brothers already enlisted, his parents would not give permission for him to enlist while under the age of 21 years. Stan had been in the 41st infantry in the 28th Light Horse.

Stan Cork suffered an attack of mumps in October 1916, and greatly to his disgust his mates sailed last week without him. Stan arrived in England in January 1917 and soon joined his unit in France in March.

Private Stan Cork wrote home from England, February 5, 1917: Nearly everybody here has colds, and almost every day some go out to the hospitals. Out of 150 of us that left Sydney there are only about 80 just now fit for drill, so you can judge how we are standing the winter. Received the parcel for which thanks, I appreciated the contents, especially the gloves and jubes … Altogether I had a splendid time in London. I met Warren Watt, an old camp mate at Kiama. Also Les Chapple, the lad that was hurt so badly at Bawley Point Sawmill one time. He has been in hospital in England for some time. Other Milton boys are in camp here are Tom Wise, Les Davis, Peter Young (Termeil), also a chap named Butler from Yattah …. Remember me to all Milton friends.

His brother, sister and also his Milton friends did send him many letters and postcards.

Stan fought in France and Belgium with the 13th Battalion 22nd Reinforcement. He was wounded at the Battle of Bullecourt in April 1917 and evacuated to hospital in England.  On writing home whilst recovering from his injury he wrote: We had a pretty rough time of it in France. Cold winds, rain, snow and mud up to our waists. On the 11th April we charged the enemy trenches and tried to break Hindenburg’s line. We captured the position but could not hold it through loss of men and lack of ammunition. The Company I was in was surrounded and Fritz turned 10 machine guns on us. Our captain [HW Murray], who has the DCM, DSO and VC, gave the order not to surrender but charge them with fixed bayonets. We eventually got through but all the rest had retreated and we had a half-mile of clear country to get across to reach our trenches with Fritz banging at us all the time. We ran as hard as we could, I got a bullet through the leg before I had gone 200 yards and my clothes and hat were riddled. It was five hours before I reached the trenches.

The 13th Battalion was in Belgium when Stan re-joined the unit in July 1917. Stan was promoted to Lance Corporal in October 1918. In March 1919 he left Brussels to come after the war.

Cork War Letter

On August 2, 1919 the Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser proudly announced that Guy Pinhey, Allen Warden and Stan Cork, three Milton young men, are returning home from the war next week. Stan caught the train to Bomaderry where his father was waiting for him.

He was awarded the British War medal and Victory Medal. After returning home to Milton, Stan married his childhood sweetheart Winifred May Turnbull. Stan also served in WWII., he died at Milton in 1954.

Stan’s name appears on the Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll, Milton Town Memorial, Croobyar Public School, Burrill School, Milton Public School and the Milton Methodist Church.

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