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Percy Watton EALES

Regimental number1677
Place of birthPenshurst, Victoria
AddressPenshurst, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, William Eales, Penshurst, Victoria
Enlistment date2 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal (Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Recommendation date: 16 May 1917

FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Bar to Military Medal

'During operations Eat of VILLE-sur-ANCRE, South West of ALBERT, this N.C.O. showed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the night of 3rd/4th July 1918. Sergeant EALES led two sections to the objective, capturing two machine guns and killing their crews on the way. He set a splendid example to his men when consolidating the position by his coolness and cheerfulness, working hard himself and all the time encouraging his men.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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