MCWILLIAM, Stirling Alexander

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Fate
  5. Commemoration
  6. Notes
  7. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
World War I (1914-1918)
Date of Enlistment
Place of Enlistment
Royal Military College, Duntroon ACT

Personal Details

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Williamstown, Victoria
Address (at enlistment)
Royal Military College, Duntroon ACT
School(s) Attended
Scotch College, Melbourne
Next of Kin
Son of Alexander and Jessie McWilliam of Toorak, Victoria
Burial Place

Walkers Ridge Cemetery, Gallipoli (as an unknown soldier)

Unit and Rank Details

Final Rank
Final Unit
9 Light Horse Regiment AIF


Died on 30 May 1915, Gallipoli, Turkey, aged 20 years


AWM Roll of Honour Memorial Panel 7, Canberra ACT
Large stone tablet on outside of northern wall of St. John's Church, Reid ACT


McWilliam entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon with the second intake of cadets on 7 March 1912. He was a member of the guard of honour at the Canberra naming ceremony on 12 March 1913. He graduated from RMC on 2 November 1914 and embarked as a Lieutenant in C Squadron of the 9th Light Horse Regiment. He landed on Gallipoli on 21 May in charge of A Troop in C Squadron, 9th Light Horse Regiment. A week later he led a raid on the Turkish trenches at The Nek but during the afternoon of 30 May 1915 McWilliam was shot in the head and died an hour later without regaining conciousness. He and his men had been in action for about four hours, providing supporting fire from Turks Point to the New Zealand Mounted Rifles at Old No.3 Outpost. According to a letter sent to his mother, McWilliam was buried in his dugout in the Reserve Trench on Walkers Ridge.

Description - height 5 feet 11ΒΌ inches, weight 160 pounds, chest 33-36 inches, Presbyterian.


Colonel J.E. Lee, 'Duntroon: The Royal Military College of Australia 1911-1946', 1952
Charles Bean, 'Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18' (Vol. II, p.194)
AWM Roll of Honour Database
The Scotch Collegian (August 1915)
NAA RecordSearch - Series B2455 (First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920)
Stories from the ACT Memorial, 'The Honour Guard at the Canberra Commencement Ceremony', ACT Heritage Library

Create Certificate
Stirling McWilliam 1915. The Scotch Collegian (Aug. 1915).

Stirling McWilliam 1915. The Scotch Collegian (Aug. 1915).

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