|Place of birth||Forest Range, South Australia|
|School||Forest Range School, South Australia|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Forest Range, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||19|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Charlotte East, Forest Range, South Australia|
|Previous military service||Served for 4 years in the Senior Cadets, Lobethal; 3 months in the Citizen Military Forces.|
|Place of enlistment||Port Adelaide, South Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||10th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/27/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||50th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||France|
|Age at death||17.11|
|Age at death from cemetery records||20|
|Place of burial||London Cemetery and Extension (Plot V, Row D, Grave No 25), Longueval, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Henry and Charlotte EAST, Forest Range, South Australia|
|Family/military connections||Brothers: 474 Pte Walter Leonard EAST, 10th Bn, killed in action, 15 May 1915; 4760 Pte Albert Henry EAST, 50th Bn, returned to Australia, 25 September 1919.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 14 June 1916.
Taken on strength, 50th Bn, in the field, 13 August 1916.
Killed in action, 4 September 1916.
Statement, Red Cross File No 0980812, 4760 Pte A.H. EAST, 70th Bn, Windmill Camp, England, 26 August 1917: 'I am glad to know someone has sympathy for a chap who has lost all. I came from Australia with my two brothers, one was killed in the landing at Gallipoli, the other W.H. was killed at Mucourt [sic] Farm on Sept. 4th 1916, caused by a shell. 10 of us were in a small sap when a shell lobbed in and the consequence was, all of us were buried, after getting out of my stifling position I lost no time in digging for my brother. I dug 10 bodies out altogether including my brother. They were all torn to pieces with the exception of one and I sent word along for stretcher bearers and he was taken away some little time later and I remembered no more. Sad but true, he is dead.'
Medals: British War Medal, Victory MedalBuried at Mouquet Farm; grave subsequently lost. Originally listed as 'No known grave', and name recorded on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France. The body was found in an isolated grave north-west of Pozieres in 1937, and reinterred in the London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval.
|Sources||NAA: B2455, EAST William Henry
Red Cross File No 0980812