Serviceman honours family legacy
SCOTT Stanford never met his great-uncle who fell at Gallipoli 98 years ago, yet Edgar "Roy" Stanford has had a lasting influence on his life.
The memory of Roy started a family tradition in which Scott and many of his forebears have joined the Australian Army.
Scott, who served for four years, honours that tradition by riding on horseback on Anzac Day wearing a mostly original Light Horse uniform.
Roy's two brothers both joined up the day the telegram came through reporting his death.
Roy Stanford was one of the first 500 Diggers to sign up for the First Light Horse at Sydney's Roseberry Park in 1914.
After training in Egypt he was sent to Gallipoli and landed at Anzac Cove on May 12, 1915.
"Somehow he managed to keep himself alive for the next few months, until on July 1 he was shot in the hip by a sniper with a 'dumdum' bullet that smashed his femur and he was evacuated a week later to Alexandria, Egypt.
"On August the 1st, 1915 one month to the day after he was wounded Roy died in the 17th Field Hospital in Alexandria, in Egypt," Scott said.
"Unfortunately not one of the letters or telegrams from home reached him in time.
"One telegram he sent home carried the words simply: 'Father, Mother and boys send fond love, keep a stout heart'."