Stanley Carraill

Name: Stanley James Carraill

Service Number: 2374

Rank: Private

Unit Served: 19th Battalion

Personal Details: Stanley was born on the 10th February, 1889 at Tungkillo. He was the fifth of nine children born to James and Margaret (nee MacDonald) Carraill.

Enlistment Details: Stanley enlisted on the 24th July, 1915 at Liverpool NSW; he was 24 years old, 5’ 5” tall with a dark complexion and blue eyes.

Details about his role in the war: Stanley’s Casualty Form does not give his embarkation details, however a letter in his file states he embarked for active service on the 5th October 1915. On the 12th November 1915 he was admitted to the 1st Auxiliary Hospital in Heliopolis, Egypt with bronchitis. On the 5th February 1916 he was taken on strength at Katoomba (sic) (Khartoum?), he proceeded to join B.E.F in Alexandria on 18th March 1916. He disembarked in Marseilles on the 25th March, and the 8th June he was attached to the 2nd Division Police. On 6th September he was admitted to hospital with scabies where he remained until discharged to duty on the 7th October. He was reported missing on the 14th November, 1916 when the 19th Battalion was involved in an attack near Flers between the 14th and 16th November which has been described as the worst ever encountered by the AIF.  On the 15th January 1918 his Red Cross Files confirms that he died on the 14th November, 1916

Age at death: 27 years

Memorial Details: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

Interesting Material: Stanley’s two brothers Alexander and Leslie died within 3 weeks of each other in 1918. Stanley mother and sister inserted the following poem in the Advertiser:

"Over the river his dear face I see,
Waiting for loved ones, looking this way,
Free from his sorrow, grief, and despair,
Watching and waiting patiently there."

His brother also inserted the following:

"And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds?"

Commemorated by


James Georgiou

2nd December 2008