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Stanley Birch was born in Ballarat and was a Labourer by trade when he enlisted in the 6th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement on 27 May 1915 at the age of 22. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915. In late October he landed at Gallipoli but within two weeks he had fallen ill and been evacuated to the 3rd General Hospital at Mudros on the island of Lemnos. After Gallipoli his battalion served in France where on October 4th 1917 he was wounded in action. He suffered gunshot or shrapnel wounds to his mouth and ribs. It seems his mouth wound was minor but fractured ribs required his evacuation to England. He returned to his battalion in France in February 1918 but on August 25th he was wounded for a second time, suffering gas poisoning, and a week later he was admitted to the Beaufort War Hospital in Bristol. While in England the Armistice was signed so he was returned to Australia on the Nestor, disembarking at Melbourne on February 1st 1919. He died in September 1979 at age 79, suggesting he may have understated his age when he enlisted.
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