THE LATE SERGEANT I.A.B. STEVENSON.
Sergeant I. A. B. Stevenson was born in India, came to South Australia in childhood, and was educated at Hahndorf College, where he passed the University Senior Examination. After taking a course at the Agricultural School, Adelaide, in special subjects, he won a scholarship at Roseworthy Agricultural College, and came out dux and silver medallist in his first and second years, a success he might have repeated in the final year but for a partial breakdown from overwork. He took a first class diploma, and was third in the final order of merit, winning special prizes in agriculture and veterinary science.
He gained further practical commercial experience, and in farm and station work, and in every case won commendation and the respect of his employers. Finally, difficulty with his family trustees preventing his immediate settlement on the land, for which he had been trained. He secured an appointment in the Chilian Nitrate Propaganda, visiting most centres of advanced agriculture, and by lectures and directing experimental improving the practice of the farmer.
When war broke out he offered for enlistment, but was refused as being slightly over the then age limit and untrained. A few weeks later he joined the Army Service Corps, and before the company left Sydney in December he had been promoted to sergeant. For many weeks his company was in Egypt, but at last the eagerly expected orders arrived. Sergeant Stevenson was severely wounded on August 5, at the commencement of a great battle which lasted for several days. He died next day on the hospital ship.
One of his officers, a personal friend, in a recent letter says: — 'Your son was beloved by all for his fearlessness and his straightforward manner in dealing with anyone or anything. Never have I had the pleasure of meeting a more upright and honorable man, and his men will miss him terribly.'
Another officer writes:— 'His death was a great blow to me. My brother was at the same spot in Gallipoli, and took particular interest in my detail there, and wrote to me of the fine work your son was doing. He played the game.'
Mr. Stevenson was the only son of Lieutenant J. B. Stevenson (retired list) and Mrs. Stevenson, now of Napier-terrace, Westbourne Park, and was in his 30th year when he fell.
1915 'BIOGRAPHICAL PARTICULARS.', Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), 4 December, p. 43, viewed 10 June, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87238380