Stratford Historical Society and Museum

News from the Stratford Historical Society and Museum, in Stratford, Gippsland, Victoria. We are open Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm, and the fourth Sunday of the month from 2pm to 4pm. Our postal address is P.O. Box 145, Stratford, 3862.

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Monday, August 04, 2014

WWI Declared

Today, as we recognise the centenary of the declaration of WWI, we remember all the men from Stratford and the surrounding area who served.

The first man from Stratford to be lost in the war was Pvt William Mitchell, who enlisted on 18 September 1914, and was killed in action at the battle for The Nek on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 7 August 1915.

William then lost two more brothers, Alfred and Sidney, at the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916.

The Society is currently working with Maffra and District Historical Society to publish a small book that recognises the work of their sister, Alice Mitchell, for the Red Cross.


Blogger Tracey63 said...

Dear Linda
We are descendants of George Foster who enlisted with the Light Horse in Stratford. He is on the Honor Board at the Stratford Anglican Church. He was working as a Blacksmith in the town at the time of enlisting. We are planning a visit to Stratford and wondered if you could tell us if the Honor Roll is still in the church and we thought we could see your display as well. If you had any further information we would love to know more. It would be great if we could find the blacksmiths if it was still around. I would love to hear from you. Tracey Foster

8:53 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Hello Tracey - I shall have a look around - could you pleas drop me an e-mail on stratfordhs[at]

If that does not work, post another comment here.

10:17 PM  

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