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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Markham S A     Pte    1598    Stephen Arthur              14 Inf Bn    28    Labourer    Single    R C       

Address:    Flemington, Bryant St, 45   

Next of Kin:    Markham, M, Mrs, mother, 45 Bryant St, Flemington   

Enlisted:    31 Dec 1914       

Embarked:     A49 Seang Choon 13 Feb 1915 (Brisbane)   

Awards:  Mil Medal & Bar


Relatives on Active Service

Markham-A-Pte-4247  brother KIA

Markham-J-Pte   brother   deserted

Markham-J-Pte-2003  brother


Date of death:  11/06/1917

CWGC: "Son of Patrick and Mary Markham. Native of Riddell Creek, Victoria".



History of the 14th Battalion, AIF, by Newton Wanliss, 1929


POZIERES RIDGE. 1916—August 6 to August 16

Great and strenuous work, under most trying conditions, was rendered by the stretcher-bearers during the week of battle. The battalion R.M.O. (Capt. R Work of Che Winn) worked in a sap at the entrance to the Stretcher-Bearers dugout occupied by Battalion Headquarters On the Peninsula only four stretcher-bearers had been allotted to each company, but at Pozieres Ridge this number was largely increased, and amounted to no less than forty-five stretcher-bearers (including the band and five medical orderlies), in addition to sixteen partly trained men whose services were utilised when occasion required. Sgt. Gus Harris,  the N.C.O. in charge, was, as ever, bravery and efficiency personified, whilst the following were specially mentioned for their work:—Ptes. D. H FraserR. Garford,   S HenshallS A Markham, A. R. Dodemaide, and T. V. Hughes. p 147



The superb work of 14th regimental stretcher-bearers were among Regimental S.B.'s. the finest in the A I F , and on this occasion they more than upheld their high reputation. All day long (both during and after the battle) they worked indefatigably, and with an absolute disregard for their own safety, attending to and carrying the wounded Many paid the penalty for their courage and devotion. Among some whose work was outstanding may be mentioned Ptes. Wm. Watson, Wm Porter (an Original twice wounded on the Peninsula, and again in this battle), "Darkey" Rowse, "Tales" Alexander, S. A. Markham, Robert Seaborne and L/Cpl. John Snuggs, in charge of C  Company squad of bearers, and who, refusing to leave the wounded, was captured and taken prisoner. p 206


MESSINES. 1917—May 30 to June 26.

L/Cpl Steven Arthur Markham Labourer Born Riddell's Creek (Vic) KIA, June 11, 1917 Won MM at Pozieres and bar to M.M. at Bullecourt A brother, No 4247 Pte Andrew Markham, was also KIA. in the ranks of the 14th Battalion at Bullecourt on April 11, 1917  p 223.


Australian War Memorial - Honours and Awards


Recommended for Military Medal 14 August 1916

NW Pozieres 7/13 Aug

Carried wounded unceasingly to the aid post from firing line under very heavy artillery and rifle fire.  Working across open ground looking for  wounded.

Military Medals awarded 28/8/16



Bar to MM, recommended by Lt Colonel J M Peck, Co 14th Bn.

During the attack on the HINDENBURG LINE near REINCOURT on the morning of 11th April 1917 L/Corporal STEPHEN MARKHAM of the 14th Battalion Stretcher Bearers displayed the utmost self sacrifice and devotion to duty, during the heaviest artillery and machine gun fire.  He worked unceasingly through the morning and was personally instrumental in saving many lives.  When most of the regular stretcher bearers were wounded or killed he organised new parties and guided them personally in the search for  wounded.  Throughout displaying great coolness and powers of organisation.  Previously awarded MM.

Recommended by Lt Colonel J M Peck, Co 14th Bn, Bar to MM.



On Active Service.
MARKHAM.- Killed in Action, in France, on 11th June, 1917, Corporal S. A. Markham, dearly beloved youngest son of Mary and the late Patrick Markham, late of Riddell.

Family Notices. (1917, July 7). The Bacchus Marsh Express, p. 2.




Baker J. Markham, of Main street, Bacchus Marsh, has in his possession the Military Medal won by his brother, Private Steven Arthur Markham, for bravery on the battlefield - rescuing wounded under fire. Three other brothers are also in the ranks-Andrew is reported missing since April 11th; Jeremiah has been wounded; and James is now in Camp. They are all late of Riddell, and the mother of this soldier-family now resides at Flemington.

THE EMPIRE'S CALL. (1917, June 16). The Bacchus Marsh Express, p. 3.




MARKHAM.-Killed in action on June 11th, 1917, in France, Lance-Corporal Stephen Arthur, seventh son of Mary and the late P. Markham, of  Riddell's Creek, loving brother of Michael (W.A.). Jerry, Andy, James (on active service), brother of Mrs. Solomon (Essendon), John Markham (Bacchus Marsh), Mrs. Kelly (Sale), also dearly beloved nephew of the late J. and Mrs. Reddan (Bulla), also Mr. Michael (Riddell's Creek). Won the Military Medal and D.C.M. for bravery in France.

Family Notices. (1917, July 12). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter , p. 2 Edition: Morning.




War Service Commemorated

History of the 14th Battalion, AIF, The: by Newton Wanliss, 1929, ROH, p 334.

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