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Regimental number418
Place of birthGreat Harwood, Lancashire, England
True NameEatough
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address29 Club Street, Great Harwood Lanes, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 9"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinAunt, Elizabeth Ann Quinn, 29 Club Street, Great Harwood Lanes, England
Previous military serviceRoyal Garrison Artillery (3 years); Reserve (9 years, time expired)
Enlistment date5 March 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name28th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A36 on 12 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 29 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Eatough on nominal roll
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
Other details


Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 4 September 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, Gallipoli, 14 September 1915.

Admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 15 November 1915 (dysentery); transferred to No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, 16 November 1915; to HS 'Galeka', 16 November 1915; to St Patrick's Hospital, Malta, 24 November 1915; to Ghain Tuffieha Camp, 22 December 1915; to Egypt, 16 January 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 21 November 1916; to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 21 January 1916; to Helouan Convalescent Depot, 31 January 1916; marched into Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 10 February 1916.

Rejoined 28th Bn, Moascar, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.

Killed in action, 29 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, EATOWGH John

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