George Edward STACE

Year of Birth:  1892

Place of Birth:  Normanton, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  15 January 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  13 May 1916, Sydney, New South Wales

Ship:  HMAT Beltana A72

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  14 Light Horse Regiment A Squadron; 1 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  128

Died:  14 November 1916


George Edward Stace was born on the 25 August 1891 to Octamus Stace and Isabella Steele and had 4 siblings, Mary Catherine born 1894, Isabella 1895, Octamus 1898 and Ida Emma 1905. His brother Octamus enlisted and was discharged 23 May 1917 as he was only 18 and did not have his parents’ consent to join. Octamus Stace and Isabelle Steele were married 19 July 1890 in Queensland.

His family appeared to live in Tonks Camp, Gilbert River, via Georgetown for most of their lives. George Edward, occupation Stockman, was living at the Central Hotel in Normanton in 1913. George attended the Tonks Camp State school.

On his enlistment in Cairns, George Edward was 24 years 4 months, occupation a Stockman and his next of kin his father, Octamus Stace, Tonks Camp, via Georgetown, Qld. His height was 5 feet 8 inches, weighed 132 pounds with fair complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. His religion was Roman Catholic.

He was reported missing in France on the 14 November 1916 and changed to killed in action and has no known grave.

George Edward Stace is remembered on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France.


HMAT Beltana A72 – photo courtesy AIF History


AWM Red Cross Wounded & Missing


George Edward Stace Roll of Honour Circular. Courtesy of Australian War Memorial


Townsville Daily Bulletin – 22 May 1917 p3


Online Resources

Qld Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: HMAT Beltana A72, Australian Military History

NAA: B2455, Stace George Edward, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial; Red Cross Wounded & Missing

NAA: B2455 Stace Octamus

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia

Townsville Daily Bulletin – 22 May 1917 p3


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