Service number 58/69120
ORIGINAL NAME PLATE C.1929
On the 16thMay 1915 William was inflicted with gunshot wounds to both his thighs.
Returned to Australia on the 11thJanuary 1918.
Discharged on the 25thMay 1918.
Twice William tried to re-enlist, he was finally pronounced medically unfit.
Pakenham Gazette (4thOctober 1918)
“Pte Will Stevens who was the first to enlist from Beaconsfield, on the 4th August 1914, and who returned to Australia in March of this year, has re-enlisted for service. His service abroad totalled 1375 days. He was twice wounded in Gallipoli and afterwards met with an accident in France. Pte Stevens, of North Fitzroy, has two brothers at the front, one in the flying corps in Palestine, who has received his commission and granted promotion to the rank of Captain, and another in the gun section in France. (Brothers John Talbot Tuck Stevens and Thomas Walter Stevens.)”
In 1919 William married Louisa Florence Rae, they lived in Albury and later Ferntree Gully.
Died in November 1963 at Heidelberg Repatriation General Hospital, Victoria.
Buried on the 7thNovember 1963 at Fawkner Cemetery, Victoria.
|Name||STEVENS, William Charles|
|Roll||8 Infantry Battalion (October 1914)|
|Conflict||First World War 1914-1918|
|Ship||HMAT Benalla A24|
|Birth Place||18thSeptember 1892, Kensington, Victoria|
|Father||John Talbot Stevens, 11 May Street, Fitzroy, Victoria|
|Mother||Mary Jane Mullen|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Residence||11 May Street, Fitzroy|
|Height||5 feet, 5 inches|
|Complexion||Fair; Eyes- Brown; Hair- Fair|