Sunday, December 4, 2016

Stanley George Millard

Serial Number and Rank:  6731, Private
Birth:  Lake Conjola 15 November 1886. 1886/33911 Reg Milton
Bap:  27 Febuary 1887 St Peters & St Pauls CE Milton
Parents:  Richard Millard and Eliza Pender
Enlisted:  Casino 11 March 1915
Next of Kin:  F. George Millard
Service:  55th Battalion RTA 4 May 1917
Marriage:  Doris E Dasborough, 1917 Sydney
Honour Rolls: Milton Congregational Church
RSL Honour Roll
Town Memorial Milton

Stanley George Millard was born at Ulladulla in 1878, son of George Millard and his wife Jane nee Cork.  He enlisted at Casino Town Hall in March 1915 at the age of 28 years.  A farewell was given to Stanley by the community of Rappville were he had been working as a grocer with his brother in law Thomas Beadman original from Brooman who has married Stanley’s  sister  Florence Millard.

He was assigned to the Australia Light Horse and the transferred to the Army Service Corps, 7th Infantry Brigade, 17th Company and embarked for overseas service aboard HMAT Ascanius A11 from Brisbane in May 1915. The Milton Ulladulla Times weekly honour rolls always listed him as Stan Millard.

On June 12 1916 Private Jack Latta from Ulladulla who was with the 54th Battalion wrote a letter home from Egypt saying:

“he was well and happy, though lonely at times. Have met a lot of Milton lads here, Bert Bishop, Les Chappie, Stan Millard, Ted and Frank King. I am next battalion to Bert Bishop, and we often meet and have a good talk about Milton and the past. He sent me a copy of the Ulladulla and Milton Times. It puts life and spirit into one when he sees one of them and learns that all are well. The increasing length of the Honour Roll is pleasing.”

Stan was admitted to the 4th Ancillary Hospital at Cairo in December 1915 with the mumps. After he completed his training in Egypt, Stan fought at Etaples and Marseille in France during 1916 with the 55th Battalion.

The 55th Battalion was raised in Egypt in February 1916 as part of the “doubling” of the AIF. Half of its recruits were Gallipoli veterans from the 3rd Battalion, and the other half, fresh reinforcements from Australia including Stanley Millard in May 1916.  Arriving in France on June 30 1916, the battalion entered the frontline trenches for the first time on July 12 and fought its first major battle at Fromelles a week later. The battle was a disaster, resulting in heavy casualties across the division. Although in reserve, the 55th was quickly committed to the attack and eventually played a critical role, forming the rearguard for the 14th Brigade’s withdrawal. Despite its grievous losses the 5th Division continued to man the front in the Fromelles sector for a further two months.

After further service at Weymouth in England, Stan was sent home to Australia in August 1917, on which he received a medical discharged due to a heart condition.  Stan had a heart attack in Egypt and also in France, causing him to lose 4 stones, that’s 25 kilograms in today’s terms.

In Sydney Arthur Randall a habitual criminal was found guilty for robbing Stanley Milliard a returned solider in March 1918. At the court hearing both the Judge and Jury thank the witness to the crime Mrs Hairstow for her caring and attending to Stanley.

Stan was awarded the 1914/1915 Star, the British War and Victory Medal. He name is listed on the Milton Town Memorial. In 1941 Stanley was living at Bathurst, he later moved to Marrickville and he was an active member of the RSL.

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