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William Joseph EATON

Regimental number4166
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressFreemason Hotel, Gunnedah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 4.5"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs L Perkin, 9 Fraser Street, Lewisham, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 August 1915
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A6 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Discharge date23 January 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front.

Embarked, Sydney, 20 December 1915; allotted to and proceeded to join Training Bn, Australian Imperial Force, Zeitoun, Egypt, 14 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, 16 February 1916; transferred to 54th Bn, 21 March 1916.

Proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Forces from Alexandria, 19 June 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, France, 20 July 1916; now reported a prisoner of war, Germany, 20 July 1916; repatriated, arrived England, 19 November 1918; reported to Headquarters and granted leave, 2 December 1918; marched into Weymouth Command Depot, 6 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australiaon board HT 'Nevasa', 5 March 1919; disembarked, Sydney, 23 April 1919; discharged, Sydney, 23 January 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death25 May 1962
Place of burialBotany Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, EATON William Joseph

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