Marine and settler, Daniel Stanfield is reputed to have come from an English naval family. He arrived with the First Fleet at Port Jackson as a private in the marines. Promoted to corporal, he married Alice, widow of Thomas Harmsworth, on the 15 October 1791 at St Phillip’s Church, Sydney. In less than a month he was on duty at Norfolk Island. In 1794 he was discharged from the marines and sworn in as constable and started to farm. Stanfield talked of enlisting in the NSW corps and in November 1794 he sailed in the Daedalus for Port Jackson. The following October he returned to Norfolk Island in the Supply with his wife, four children, 30 sheep and 35 acres of his 120 acres under cultivation.
When the evacuation of Norfolk Island was planned, Governor King requested Stanfield to remain and encouraged him by offering additional land. However, keen and determined, Stanfield did not find life easy, and he sailed with his family in the City of Edinburgh, arriving in Hobart Town in October 1808. Over the preceding years, he acquired large acreage at Clarence Plains Melville and Lennox.
Daniel Stanfield age was listed as 61 when he was buried at St David’s Hobart. His wife Alice survived him to October 1830. Stanfield’s headstone bore the verse: A wife’s a feather and a child a rod. An honest man’s the noblest work of God.
Honouring their WW1 descendant
Alan Percy Crisp MID DSO CdeG
Lieutenant 3rd Australian Army Field Artillery Brigade
Captain 7 May 1915
Major 21 January 1917
Born 23 December 1889 Hobart Tasmania to Samuel Percy and Myra Gertrude (Stanfield) Crisp
Occupation Legal Practitioner, Police Magistrate and Chairman of the Licensing Court Enlisted 18 August 1914 age 24
Next-of-kin mother Mrs M G Crisp, Bellerive Tasmania Australia
Embarked 20 October 1914 aboard HMAT Geelong A2
Service Gallipoli, France – in the Field
Mention in Sir Douglas Haig’s Despatch of 13 November 1916 (London Gazette 29890 – 4 January 1917) – for meritorious service and devotion to duty while in command of the 7th Battery from 1 March 1916 to 1 September 1916, while the Division was holding the line at Sailly 20 April 1916 to 2 July 1916 and during the operations on the Somme including the capture of Pozieres from 20 July to 23 August 1916
Mention in Sir Douglas Haig’s Despatch of 7 November 1917 (London Gazette 30448 – 28 December 1917) – for distinction and gallant Services and Devotion to Duty in the Field during the period of 26 February to 20 September 1917
Mention in Sir Douglas Haig’s Despatch of 7 April 1918 (London Gazette 30706 – 28 May 1918)
Awarded the DSO (London Gazette 30716 – 3 June 1919) – during period 22 September 1917 and 24 February 1918, this officer commanded his Battery with conspicuous gallantry and ability in the heavy fighting in the Ypres sector from September – December. He also temporarily commanded with marked ability a group of eight (8) batteries during November-December 1917 in the operations near Ypres. He has at all times carried out the important duties to which he has been allotted with marked ability and resource and with a total disregard of personal danger whenever his duties required it. He is in every respect a capable, most efficient and trustworthy officer. Signed 5 May 1918
Awarded the Croix de Guerre (London Gazette 31109 – 7 January 1919) presented by the President of the French Republic
Returned to Australia 9 October 1918 Appointment terminated 11 July 1919
Recommendation for Award of OBE Lieutenant Colonel Crisp was first commissioned as an Officer of Australian Military Forces in 1908, serving with a Field Artillery Unit in Tasmania until joining the 1st AIF as a Lieutenant on the 18 August 1914. He served with great distinction from 1914 to 1919 with Divisional Artillery being thrice mentioned in despatches, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and the French Croix de Guerre. On return to Australia he resumed duty with his old militia unit, gained his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the 6th Field Brigade of Artillery for 4 years.
Shortly after the outbreak of this war, (WW11), Lieutenant Colonel Crisp was again appointed Commander of the 6th Field Brigade, and in 1940 embarked for the Middle East in command of the 2.8 Field Regiment.
During the latter half of 1941 Lieutenant Colonel Crisp was given the special appointment of Hospital Visiting Officer, which entailed inspection of all Australian hospitals in the M.E., reports on conditions; the work of Red Cross and Comforts Fund personnel and Army Education Officers, and where necessary co-ordinating the functions of each; dealing with any complaints of patients and above all ensuring that both patients and staff were satisfied with their treatment and working conditions.
In November 1941 in addition to his duties as Hospital Visiting Officer, he was placed in command of AIF Details in Cairo, being responsible for the discipline, pay, etc., of all troops on leave in Cairo until his return to Australia in April 1942, when he was appointed to Command Metropolitan Troops, Vic L of C Area as well as being made Visiting Officer of Detention Barracks in that area. He now holds the appointment of Hospital Visiting Officer in Australia. At all times he has carried out his duties with zeal and energy, displaying a great deal of tact in obtaining the co-operation of the many people with whom he has been brought into contact by his long and varied career
Awarded the Military Order of the British Empire in January 1944. Insignia presented by The Governor of Tasmania, Government House Hobart on 10 April 1946
Died 6 March 1971, aged 82