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Stephen William Bayly was born in Ballarat and was a Gas Mechanic when he enlisted in the 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 2 on 29 February 1916 at the age of 18. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 July 1916. He spent time in England attached to the 15th Training Battalion before being deployed to France with the 3rd Pioneer Battalion in September 1917. On March 22nd 1918 he was wounded in action when he sustained a gunshot wound to the chest. He was evacuated to the 1st Birmingham War Hospital in England but returned to his unit in France in August 1918 and served out the war. He returned safely to Australia on 23 July 1919.
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