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William James EASTON

Regimental number10535
Place of birthLambton New South Wales
Other NamesWilliam Jones
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTelegraph mechanic
AddressRobert Street, Jesmond, Lambton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Phoebe Easton, Robert Street, Jesmond, Lambton, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 25 May 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 4 March 1918

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations against enemy positions south of the SOMME east of HAMEL on 8th August, 1918. This N.C.O. was in charge of a line detachment. Prior to Zero hour Lance Corporal EASTON with his party succeeded in keeping Brigade communications intact, despite heavy gas bombardment. Although lines were repeatedly cut by shell fire, with great perseverance and intrepidity he again and again repaired them thus ensuring effective communications through a critical period. After Zero he did magnificient work in the maintenance of lines in the captured territory. He set a splendid example of courage and devotion to duty under great difficulties inspiring those working under him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 May 1964

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