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Herbert John EATON

Regimental number1828
Place of birthWoodford, Queensland
SchoolDurundur State School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWoodford, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height6' 3.5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Eaton, Woodford, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 December 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 4 October 1917
Age at death28
Place of burialNine Elms British Cemetery (Plot III, Row D, Grave No. 5), Poperinghe, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Hannah EATON, Stony Creek, Woodford, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother: 619 Pte Darcy George EATON, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 7 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 16 February 1916; admitted to ship's hospital, at sea, 22 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 13 October 1916, and admitted to Devonport Hospital (sick: slight); discharged to duty, 6 November 1916.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 7 November 1916.

Marched out to 11th Training Bn, Codford, 9 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 February 1917; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 7 February 1917.

Admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance, 17 February 1917 (chilblains); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 18 February 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 3 March 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917 (gun shot wound, abdomen, penetrating), and admitted to 11th Field Ambulance, and transferred to No 1 Casualty Clearing Station.

Died of wounds, 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, EATON Herbert John

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