|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Eaglehawk, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||8 Burchett Street, East Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||28|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Mary Emma Symons, 8 Burchett Street, Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served for 5 years in the 5th Bn, Citizen Military Forces, and 3 years in the 60th Bn, CMF.|
|Place of enlistment||Carlton, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Colour Sergeant|
|Unit name||7th Battalion, A Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/24/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Captain|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||2nd Battalion|
Unit: 37th Battalion
|Fate||Returned to Australia
'For most conspicuous bravery on the night of 8th-9th August, 1915, at Lone Pine trenches, in the Gallipoli Peninsula. He was in command of the right section of the newly capturred trenches held by his battalion, and repelled several counter attacks with great coolness. At about 5 a.m. on 9th August a series of determined attacks were made by the enemy on the isolated sap, and six officers were in succession killed or severely wounded, a portion of the sap being lost. Lieutenant Symons then led a charge and retook the lost sap, shooting two Turks with his revolver. The sap was under hostile fire from three sides, and Lieutenant Symons withdrew some fiftenn yards to a spot where some overhead cover could be obtained, and, in the face of heavy fire, built up a sand barricade. The enemy succeeded in setting fire to the fascines and woodwork of the head cover, but Lieutenant Symons extinguished the fire and rebuilt the barricade. His coolneess and determination finally compelled the enemy to discontinue their attacks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 28
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.
Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, Gallipoli, 26 April 1915.
Admitted to Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 28 August 1915 (gastro-enteritis); transferred to HS 'Devanha', 29 August 1915; to England and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 12 September 1915.
Awarded the Victoria Cross for conspicuous bravery at Lone Pine.
Promoted Lieutenant, Lemnos, 2 November 1915.
Commenced return to Australia on board 'Arawa', 27 January 1916; disembarked Melbourne, 12 March 1916.
Promoted Captain, 1 May 1916.
Re-embarked Melbourne, 3 June 1916, with 37th Bn, on board HT 'Persic'; disembarked Plymouth, England 25 July 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916.
On leave in France, 5 May 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 15 May 1917.
Wounded in action, 7 June 1917 (gassed), and admitted same day to New Zealand Stationary Hospital; transferred by Ambulance Train to St Johns Ambulance, Etaples, 15 June 1917; to England, 20 June 1917, and admitted same day to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 20 September 1917; to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 25 September 1917.
Placed on Seconded List, 7 June 1917; on Supernumerary List, 8 September 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 12 January 1918; rejoined unit and restored to establishment.
On leave to Paris, 4 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 13 March 1918.
To England to attend School of Musketry, Haysling School, 24 June 1918.
Commenced return to Australia on board T5, to connect with SS 'Makura', Vancouver, at own expense; disembarked Sydney, 10 October 1918; appointment terminated, 17 December 1918.
Medals: Victoria Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory MedalServed in World War II in the [British] Home Guard; CO of 12th Bn, Leicestershire Home Guard, for 4 years.
|Date of death|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, SYMONS William John|