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Ephriam EASTON

Regimental number3544
Place of birthHappy Valley, South Australia
SchoolHappy Valley School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressHappy Valley, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 7.75"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Elizabeth Easton, Happy Valley, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 May 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 29 September 1918
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
120
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Mary Elizabeth EASTON
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 12 March 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 30 September 1916, and marched into 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott, the same day.

Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 3 December 1916; discharged, 7 December 1916; marched into 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 8 December 1916.

Marched into 8th Training Bn from isolation, 17 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 December 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 31 December 1916.

Admitted to Segregation Camp, 13 January 1917; discharged, 2 February 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 10 February 1917; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, in the field, 11 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 25 May 1917; admitted to No 60 Field Ambulance, 25 May 1917 (gassed); transferred to No 14 Australian Field Ambulance, 25 May 1917; to No 47 Casualty Clearing Station, 29 May 1917; to No 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullens, 2 June 1917; to No 18 General Hospital, Camiers, 12 June 1917; to England, 12 July 1917; to County of Middlesex Hospital, Hapsbury, 13 June 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 12 July 1917; discharged to furlough, 12 July 1917; marched into Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 28 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 August 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 9 August 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 25 August 1917; rejoined 32nd Bn, 27 August 1917.

Killed in action, 29 September 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, EASTON Ephriam

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