Stanley Savige, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Stanley Savige

Australian Army soldier

Date of Birth: 26-Jun-1890

Place of Birth: Morwell, Victoria, Australia

Date of Death: 15-May-1954

Profession: military officer

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Stanley Savige

  • Lieutenant General Sir Stanley George Savige, (26 June 1890 – 15 May 1954) was an Australian Army soldier and officer who served in the First World War and Second World War. In March 1915, after the outbreak of the First World War, Savige enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Force.
  • He served in the ranks during the Gallipoli Campaign, and received a commission.
  • He later served on the Western Front, where he was twice recommended for the Military Cross for bravery.
  • In 1918, he joined Dunsterforce and served in the Caucasus Campaign, during which he was instrumental in protecting thousands of Assyrian refugees.
  • He subsequently wrote a book, Stalky's Forlorn Hope, about his experiences.
  • After the war he played a key role in the establishment of Legacy Australia, the war widows and orphans benefit fund. During the early years of the Second World War, Savige commanded the 17th Infantry Brigade in the North African Campaign, the Battle of Greece and Syria–Lebanon Campaign.
  • His outspoken criticism of professional soldiers earned him their rancour.
  • He returned to Australia in early 1942, and later commanded the 3rd Division in the Salamaua–Lae campaign.
  • He ultimately rose to the rank of lieutenant general in the Australian Army, commanding the II Corps in the Bougainville Campaign. In later life, Savige was a director of Olympic Tyre & Rubber Ltd from 1946 to 1951 and chairman of Moran & Cato Ltd from 1950 to 1951.
  • He was also chairman of the Central War Gratuity Board from 1946 to 1951, and a commissioner of the State Savings Bank of Victoria.

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