Honour roll location: Pillar 8C
Joseph Moore Stuart was born in Wedderburn on the 23rd of July 1893. was the fifth of eleven children to parents John Alexander Stuart and Isabella (nee Leech).
He grew up in Serpentine as a farmer and served three years with the 17th Light Horse on home soil prior to his enlistment.
Taller than average
Joseph signed up on the 14th of June, 1916. His service number was 6591. He was taller than the average male at the time, measuring 5’8 and weighed 155 lbs. He was allocated to the 5th Battalion of the AIF and left Australia on the HMAT A71 Nestor on the 2nd of October 1916.
Plagued by illness on the battlefield
Like so many other soldiers at war, Joseph became ill and needed to be hospitalised numerous times, despite not suffering from any war-inflicted injuries. He had trench fever in 1917 and in 1918 he had influenza. Trench fever was a serious disease transmitted by body lice. He was also treated for headaches and malaria.
Joseph served in England and France. He was also promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal and this was his rank when he returned home on the 27th July, 1919.
Wedding, then tragedy
After he came back from the war he got married to Ivy Myrtle Gladman of Serpentine in 1922. Joseph sadly died the same year he was married.
Ivy went on to marry Joseph’s brother, William Frederick Stuart, in 1929. Ivy was the sister to Charles Frederick Gladman who was killed in action in Belgium on the 20th of September, 1917.
- Embarkation roll: Joseph Moore Stuart, Australian War Memorial
- Enlistment records: Joseph Moore Stuart, Discovering Anzacs
- Joseph Moore Stuart, AIF Project
- ‘Judicial and Law Notices‘, The Argus, 9th of November 1922, p. 12
- Nominal Roll: Joseph Moore Stuart, Australian War Memorial
- Photos and postcards, Norma Thomas Collection, East Loddon Historical Society
- Studio portrait of 6591 Private (Pte) Joseph Moore Stuart, Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives, Australian War Memorial
- Studio portrait of 6591 Private (Pte) Joseph Moore Stuart (2), Darge Photographic Company collection of negatives, Australian War Memorial