Stanley Mattinson

First Name: 
Stanley
Last Name: 
Mattinson
Date of Birth: 
Monday, December 1, 1890
Mother's Name: 
Margaret Oldfield Mattinson (nee Phillips)
Father's Name: 
Joseph William Mattinson
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, March 6, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Driver
Unit: 
2nd Battalion
Company: 
21st Reinforcement
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
1914/15 Star
Date of Death: 
Sunday, June 26, 1932
Place of Death: 
Wollongong, N.S.W.
Details: 

Stan (Service No 6541) was born in Lancashire, England in 1884.

In 1916 Stanley was living in Australia and joined the AIF.
He was severely wounded at Ypres, Belgium on 17 May 1917, when he received a gun shot wound to his right arm/ shoulder.
A bullet killed a soldier in front of him, passed through and wounded Stan. (Tongarra Tales, Jack Martin).

Stan returned to Australia in September 1919.

After the war Stan worked at a sheep station near Nyngan. One night he attended a local dance and met Annie Blanche Fleet. Her parents lived at Green Valleys farm at Tongarra, Albion Park, N.S.W., which was reputedly built by convicts. Stan and Blanche married in 1924 when Stan was 33 years old. They moved to Green Valleys and had two children Joseph and Gwendoline. For many years Blanche kept the bullet that wounded her husband.

In 1923 Stan was involved in a serious accident; 'On Wednesday afternoon as the pick-up train from Wollongong to Kiama was passing the Yallah Crossing, a horse and sulky driven by S Matheson (sic) fouled the line and Mathieson (sic) was thrown out by the impact. He sustained a slight scalp wound and an injury to his leg.' (Illawarra Mercury 14 December 1923)

Stan died in 1932 aged just 40 years old. His children were five and seven at the time.

Sources: 
Nunan, Wendy & Terry, 2010, St Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, St Paul’s Parish Albion Park
NAA: B2455, MATTINSON STANLEY

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