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Sturman, William Henry (4891)

Place of Birth: Dunedin, New Zealand

Age: 34 years 4 months

Enlistment Details: Saturday, 31 March 1917 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 4891            view online service record

17 Lalor Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Sarah Sturman (wife)
17 Lalor Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Thursday, 21 June 1917
Ship: HMAT Suevic A29
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion – 13th Reinforcements

KIA: Monday, 26 August 1918
Place: France

Private, 38 Infantry, killed in action 26 August, 1918, France, aged 35, commemorated Suzanne Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Wife: Mrs Sarah STURMAN, born Dunedin, New Zealand. He enlisted as a 34-year-old factory hand with wife at 17 Lalor Street. No circular returned. A Death Notice placed by several workmates reveals he was employed as a factory hand at Robert Harper & Co, Port Melbourne (starch manufacturers).

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 20, 2017 3.09 pm 0Likes

    “The abovenamed soldier was about 45 years of age, fair moustache, thick-set build. I saw 4 of my Co. sitting down beside a broken old house at Suzanne when a large enemy shell burst amongst them, killing Sturman and wounding the other three. Death was instantaneous. He was buried in the Cemetery at Suzanne. I placed a cross over his grave about a fortnight afterwards” (Pte. J.A. Rhodes, 4879, 38th Battn)

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