Trooper Stuart Courtney Gaden was a 22 year old station hand from Wollstonecraft, North Sydney Line, New South Wales. He was an ex-student of King’s School, Parramatta. His father was Thomas Burton Gaden and his mother was Ida Brereton Gaden. He had a brother called Mr P. G. Gaden.
He enlisted on 7 July 1915 and embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT Euripides A14 from Sydney on 2 November 1915. He was taken on strength on 28 December 1915. He was sent to the 3 Auxiliary Hospital in Cairo suffering from deafness on 1 January 1916. He rejoined his regiment on 4 Janurary 1916, and marched out to Serapeum on 25 February 1916. He was sent sick to hospital on 21 June 1916 suffering from a septic leg and was transferred to Tel el Kebir on 29 June 1916. He was taken on strength after leaving hospital on 9 July 1916. He was transferred to the 7 Light Horse Regiment in Bir Etmaler, Egypt, on 24 July 1916.
On 5 August 1916 he suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen at the Battle of Romani at Bir Etmaler, Egypt. He died of his wounds on 6 August 1916 in Egypt at the age of 23. He was buried in the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Suez Canal, Egypt. His name is located in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.
Kimberley Russell, Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2018