Name: Stanley Forsyth Price

 

Birth Date: 1891 Where: New South Wales
Died: 1938 Where: Perth, WA
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill Age: 24
Serial Number: 1985 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Lance Corporal Rank on Discharge/Death: Sergeant

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal, Military Medal, Distinguished Conduct Medal

 

Photograph S. Price

 Service Details:

 

 

24 June, 1915

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

29 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle

October

1915                      Embarked Egypt

17 Oct. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Wounded

29 August

1916 mmmmmmmRejoined Battalion                   

6 September

1916                      Belgium

October

1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

10 November

1916                     Wounded

8 December

1916                     Awarded Military Medal

28 February

1917                      Rejoined Battalion

March

1917                      Attack on Malt Trench

19 March

1917                     Promoted T/Sergeant

3 May

1917                      Wounded, Battle of Bullecourt (Hindenburg Line)

12 May

1917                     Wounded

2 July

1917                     Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal

6 December

1917                      Rejoined Battalion

22 December

1917                      To Hospital

1 June

1918                      Rejoined Battalion

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

11 November

1918                      Armistice

 18 December

1918 mmmmmmmSergeant

3 June

1919                     Discharged

 

Biographical Details:

Stanley (Nugget) Forsythe Price, a Blacksmith’s Striker by trade, enlisted in the 3rd Reinforcement of the 28th Battalion in June 1915.  He was born in NSW to Robert Price and Rosabell Forsythe in 1891. He had three brothers and three sisters, also born in NSW.  His family moved to Western Australia sometime between 1893 and 1903, where another brother was born.
Stanley’s father and older brother also enlisted during the World War.  Both survived.
During the Trench Raid, Stanley, as the senior NCO, was the Right Bombing Party’s bomber. It was for this role that he was awarded the Military Medal:
In the raid on enemy trenches on night of 6/7th June, L.Cpl Price was with the right bombing party and displayed great dash and coolness throughout.
It is puzzling to note that Price and Tozer were recommended for their Military Medal by Col Collett.  Tozer, and Church, had been independently recommended by Brigadier Paton.  Paton’s recommendations were confirmed immediately.  Price did not receive his MM until five months after the raid.
In 1917 Stanley was also awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal:
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack upon the enemy line he led the bombing squad with great dash, directing fire, and, at great risk, getting above the parapet for better observation. Though thrice wounded he remained on duty, and afforded a splendid example to his men.
During the course of the war Stanley was wounded three times.  He was also hospitalised twice with VD, for a total of 90 days.
After the war, Stanley worked as a teamster (bullock driver) for a South West timber mill. He also rekindled an interest in boxing and football; sports in which he was held in great regard pre-war.
Fellow Black ANZAC Claude Walsh related a story in which one of the Raiders was required to go to the nearest estimenet and buy as much beer as he could carry.  The nominated Raider was Stanley. While returning to their camp Price had to cross a shallow stream on a makeshift, one-person bridge (probably a plank).  Unfortunately another Aussie entered from the other end. Perhaps because he was bigger or just obstinate the other soldier refused to retreat so that Nugget could continue across.  Unable to put his load down or even turn around Nugget had to step off the bridge into the shallow water.   He managed to deliver the beer to his mates without further incident.
Feeling put out, Nugget was able to find out who the other Aussie was and paid him a visit the next day.  He was able to put his boxing skills to good use.
Nugget Price never married.  He died, penniless, but not forgotten, in Perth Hospital in 1938, aged 47. He was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.

  Sunday Times 18th November 1928 p. 6

 


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