Serial No. 6148
19th Battalion & 3rd Battalion
John Stanton - Information
The Stanton family lived on Lachlan Vale in Appin near Campbelltown. John was one of many children born to John Joseph and Emma Mary Stanton, arriving in Appin c1879. He grew up in the area, finding work as a farm hand, and later residing at Beulah in Campbelltown. John also served in the Picton Mounted Rifles for 1Â½ years. In 1899, he married the lovely Annie Elizabeth Bradley, a Menangle local. When John was 37, he decided to enlist in the AIF. He signed up on the 29th of March 1916, a few weeks after his younger brother, William Patrick. He trained at Cootamundra, and by August was stationed to Liverpool Camp. Here, John was allocated to the 17th Reinforcements, 19th Battalion. Soon, he was given word that he would be going overseas to France. John embarked Sydney on the HMAT Ascanius on the 25th of October 1916.
John disembarked at Devonport at the end of December, and was marched into the 5th Training Battalion. In mid March 1917, he proceeded to the Western Front in France, and was taken on strength to the 19th Battalion. At this time, his Battalion was closing in on the Germans whom had withdrawn to a series of defence fortifications known as the Hindenburg Line, where intense fighting ensued. At the beginning of August, John fell ill and was evacuated to England. He spent the remainder of the year in hospital, before going back to the trenches on the Western Front in January 1918. Unluckily, he was then caught in a gas attack near Villers-Bretonneux on the 26th of April 1918, and was rushed by field ambulance to hospital. John spent some time recovering from the effects of the gas, returning to his unit in early August. Unfortunately, John had only been with his unit for a few weeks, when he was wounded in action a second time. On the 31st of August at Mont St Quentin, John received a gun shot wound to his right thumb. He was evacuated to England and sent to Beaufort War Hospital in Bristol. His wound healed and he was then transferred to the 3rd Battalion, but remained in England. After the war ended, he returned to Australia on the Ceramic, which set sail on the 25th of January 1919. John was then able to begin his new life with Annie and reunite with his family in Campbelltown.