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Clement EASTON

Regimental number719
Place of birthWindsor, Victoria
School"Melrose" Private School, Launceston, Tasmania, and Malvern Road State School, Victoria
Address1A Woodside Crescent, Toorak, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs G. Easton, 15 Mackay Street, East Prahran, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Forces and R.A.C.A., Queenscliffe.
Enlistment date5 March 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 February 1917
Place of enlistmentPrahran, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 2, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/7/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 21 June 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll719a
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 24 August 1918
Place of death or woundingSt Martin's Wood, near Proyart, France
Age at death23.7
Age at death from cemetery records23
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Mary EASTON; husband of Geraldine A. SPARROW (formerly EASTON), "Fleurbaix", Bruer Street, Preston, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousin: Captain F Prid, M.C.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 21 June 1917; disembarked Liverpool, England, 26 August 1917, and marched into 2nd Training Bn, Durrington, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 January 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 9 January 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 11 January 1918; taken on strength of 7th Bn, in the field, 24 January 1918.

Reallotted Regimental Number 719A.

Killed in action, 24 August 1918.

War service: Western Front
SourcesNAA: B2455, EASTON Clement

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