Biography

Birth date: 30 November 1886
Birth place: United Kingdom: England
Death date: 27 July 1975
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Chatswood
Final rank: Major
Service number: 415 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 1 Divisional Train

William Stockdale was born at Skelton in Guisborough, England, on 30 November 1886. He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 20 August 1914 at the age of 27. Stockdale joined the First Divisional Train of the Australian Army Service Corps (AASC) and was initially allocated the role of driver. He left Melbourne aboard HMAT Benalla on 19 October 1914.

The following year he was sent to Gallipoli, where he described in his diary the preparations for the landing and the landing itself, and detailed his own critiques of the campaign. In April 1916 Stockdale arrived on the Western Front, continuing the work of the AASC in the transport and provision of supplies and rations, including the delivery of mail to the troops. He was transferred to the Third Divisional Train of the AASC in August, and in November was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Stockdale was transferred to the 1st Australian Depot Unit of Supply (ADUS) in June 1917 and then to the 4th ADUS in September. The following year, on 19 August 1918, he married Eleanor while on leave in the UK. Stockdale had taken leave there at least once a year since 1916 and had developed the relationship during that time. He returned to the front in mid-September and served until the end of the war. Stockdale originally applied to be discharged in the UK on the grounds that his wife lived there and he had arranged to be a partner in a business undertaking in England. When the business deal fell through he cancelled his application and returned to Australia at the end of 1919. Eleanor immigrated to Australia and the couple based themselves in Malvern, Victoria.

Stockdale once again enlisted for service in the Second World War, this time on the home front as the officer commanding the base supply depot in Melbourne and as Secretary of the Meat Canning Committee. William Stockdale died at Chatswood, New South Wales, on 27 July 1975.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Driver
  • Date of embarkation: 19 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Collection Items

Private Record

Stockdale, William (Lieutenant, b: 1886, d: 1975)

Original records of Lieutenant (Lt) William Stockdale during First and Second World War: diary of describing sea convoy to Gallipoli and preparations at Lemnos, the landing, and his return to Egypt; plans for a British Army Petrol Dump and stores depot near Beauraineville in France, 1918-1919;... Maker: Stockdale, William

PR00278 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Diary of William Stockdale, 1915

Diary relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant William Stockdale, 1st Divisional Train of the Army Service Corps. In this diary, kept between 3 April 1915 and 12 July 1915, Stockdale describes the Gallipoli campaign and provides a detailed account of the landing on 25 April 1915. He...

RCDIG0001008

Souvenir menu belonging to William Stockdale, 1919

Souvenir menu relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant William Stockdale, 4th Australian Depot Unit of Supply. The menu is from a farewell dinner for Colonel Irskine of 4th Army, attended by Lieutenant Stockdale in Boulogne on 27 February 1919. It also includes signatures of other...

RCDIG0001009

Documents relating to William Stockdale, 1942-1944

Documents relating to the Second World War service of Major William Stockdale, Australian Army Service Corps. These documents were collected by Stockdale during the Second World War and relate to the supply of foodstuffs to military personnel. Also included is a report written by Stockdale on the...

RCDIG0001010

Timeline

Date of birth 1886-11-30
Date of embarkation 1914-10-19
Date of death 1975-07-27