Stuart Courtney Gaden was a 22-year-old station hand from Wollstonecraft, New South Wales and was a former student of The King's School, Parramatta. His parents were Thomas Burton Gaden and Ida Brereton Gaden. He also had a brother, P. G. Gaden. He enlisted on the 7 July 1915 and embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT ‘Euripides’ from Sydney on the 2 November 1915. He was taken on strength on 28 December 1915, however, he was sent to the 3 Auxiliary Hospital in Cairo suffering from deafness on the 1 January 1916.
Gaden re-joined his regiment on the 4 January 1916, and marched out to Serapeum, Egypt on the 25 February 1916. He was admitted to hospital on the 21 June 1916 suffering from a septic leg and was transferred to Tell-el-Kebir, Egypt on the 29 June 1916. He was taken on strength after leaving hospital on the 9 July 1916 and was transferred to the 7 Light Horse Regiment in Bir et Maler, Egypt, on the 24 July 1916. On the 5 August 1916 he suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen at the Battle of Romani at Bir et Maler, Egypt and died as a result of his wounds on the 6 August 1916 in Egypt at the age of 23 years. He was buried in the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Suez Canal, Egypt.
Research Team, Parramatta Heritage Centre, City of Parramatta, 2016