Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Stanley McLean SKINNER


Born: 1892

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 24863

Birthplace: Bunyip

Parents: St. John Moor Skinner (1848-1924)
Margaret Travers McLean (1848-1929)

Died: 13 January, 1946

Place of death: Caulfield Repatriation Hospital, Caulfield, Victoria

Burial place: Springvale Crematorium, Tristania, Wall 2BB, Niche 420, Springvale, Victoria 15/01/1946

Awards and Honours

  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


Company 300, Reinforcement 7 Australian Army Service Corps; 1st Division Ordinance; 1st Division Mechanical Transport Company



Regimental Service Number: 6958

Enlistment date: 29 June, 1915 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 22 years 9 months

Address at enlistment: 37 Westbank Terrace, Burnley

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Mother: Mrs. M. T. Skinner

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Weight: 10 stones 9 pounds
Complexion: Sallow
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dark Brown
Distinctive marks:

Embarkation ship: H.M.A.T.A67 Orsova.

Rank: Driver

Return Date: 9 February, 1919

Return Vessel: Ascanius.

Arrival at Australia: 3 April, 1919.

Discharge Date: 26 May, 1919

War Service Summary

29/06/1915-14/07/1915 - Training at Seymour
04/10/1915 - Embarked SS Lydia from Southampton for Rouen
05/10/1915 - Posted to B.M.Y.D.
30/11/1915 - To 17th A Supply Column
01/04/1916 - To be Driver Mechanic with pay
13/01/1917 - On leave
01/02/1917 - Returned from leave
15/07/1916 - Driver attached to Ordinance for duty from 1st Div. Supply Column, AIF
31/01/1918 - To UK on leave
16/02/1918 - Returned to France
12/03/1918 - Transferred 1st Aust. Div., WT Coy
30/05/1918 - Soldiers rank has been the subject of investigation and it has been ruled that his claim for pay as MT Driver from embarkation cannot be allowed
22/06/1918 - Detached with 1st A Division Signals Company
06/12/1918 - To hospital sick
08/12/1918 - Post operative adhesion
13/12/1918 - To Australian Convalescent Depot
06/01/1919 - Discharged to Base Depot Havre
13/01/1919 - Proceeded to England
09/02/1919 - Embarked for Australia
03/04/1919 - Disembarked
26/05/1919 - Discharged

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
Married Murrah McCallum

Keith Skinner (1926-2005)

Place/s of residence:
With parents:
1914, 1919 - 37 Westbank Terrace, Richmond
1924 - 121 Glass Street, Maribyrnong
With wife and family:
1931, 1937 - 360 Victoria Street, Richmond Nth
1943 - 31 Bennett Pde., Kew

Civil Servant, Postal Services

Date of death:
13/01/1946 - At Caulfield Repatriation Hospital Reg # 1049
Place of burial:
Springvale Crematorium, Tristania, Wall 2BB, Niche 420

Other relevant information:
24/12/1986 - His mother, Murrah Skinner, was cremated.

His sister, Catherine Skinner (1881-1952) married William Whittington (1870-1963).

His brother Henry St John Skinner, #7905, winner of the Military Medal, committed suicide in 1921 after conviction for selling Red Cross goods and being stood down from his job as a police constable pending investigation. See Argus 1921.

Additional Information

Melton Express
Saturday 26 January 1918 p 2

A Fighting Family--Sergeant H. S. Skinner, whose name appears in the Honor list, comes of old fighting stock, being a grandson of the late J. A. Skinner, late Life Guards and Royal Navy, great-grandson of the late Colonel William Thomas Skinner, and great-great-grandson, of the late General William Skinner late Chief Engineer, of Great Britain.

The above is an extract from the "Age," and refers to Sergeant Hy. Skinner, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. St. John Skinner, of Richmond, who lived in Melton for some years. Mrs. Skinner being First Assistant at the Melton State School. Sergeant Skinner was recently awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field, and has recently returned to Australia for the second time since being on Active Service; his only brother Driver Stanley Skinner, is in France, and has been on Active Service since very early in the campaign. Mrs. Whittington, of Melton, is a sister.

The Argus
Monday 14 January 1946 p 2

SKINNER.-On January 13, at Caulfield Repatriation Hospital. Stanley McLean, of 31 Bennett parade, East -Kew, loved husband of Murrah, and fond father of Keith.
-A patient sufferer at rest.
SKINNER.-On January 13, at Caulfield Repatriation Hospital, Stanley McLean, fond brother-in-law of Margaret and Alex McKellar, Blanch McCallum, and Rene and Bill Wilson. -At rest.
SKINNER.-On January 13, at Caulfield Repatriation Hospital, Stanley McLean, fond younger son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Skinner, loving brother of Alice (deceased), Jane (Mrs. Clarke). Meta (Mrs. Whittington), and Henry (deceased). –Peacefully sleeping.

The Argus
Wednesday 11 September 1946 p 19

123 Glass Street, Essendon. But Late of 31 Bennett Parade, East Kew, in the State of Victoria. Postal Employee, Deceased. - After fourteen clear days Murrah Skinner, of 31 Bennett parade, East Kew, widow, the executrix appointed by deceased's will, dated the twenty-second day of August, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-five, will APPLY to the Supreme Court for grant of PROBATE of the said WILL.
ELLISON, HEWISON, & WHITEHEAD, solicitors. 352 Collins street Melbourne.


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