WWI history brought to life

Coffs Harbour Library is displaying memorabilia commemorating the tragic story of a young Australian who was one of the first 500 to sign up as soldiers at the start of World War I

The collection has been brought to life by his Great Nephew, Coffs Harbour local Scott Stanford, and is on show as part of History Week.

Roy Stanford, the eldest of six brothers from Orange, was just 21 when he signed up to the Australian Light Horse at the outbreak of the conflict.

Shot in the hip at Gallipoli, he died of his wounds in hospital in Alexandria a month later.

Tragically he was the only one of the brothers not to survive the war.
His 19-year-old fiancée never got over his death and remained single until her own death many decades later.

Scott learnt of his Great Uncle Roy Stanford from his Grandmother at an early age.

Over the years, he has brought together an impressive collection of medals, letters and other items that belonged to him, as well as the full uniform and horse livery worn and used by a member of the Australian Light Horse.