Lance Corporal Percy Clyde Statton

Service Number 506
Birth Date 21 October 1890
Birth Place Australia: Tasmania, Beaconsfield
Death Date 05 December 1959
Death Place Australia: Tasmania, Hobart
Also known as P C Statton, Percy Clyde Statton, Statton, P C
Final Rank
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 20 December 1917 on page 3378 at position 75
London Gazette 16 August 1917 on page 8428 at position 106

Percy Statton was born in Tasmania, and enlisted in February 1916. During his battalion's first major action, at Messines in June 1917, he received the Military Medal. In October he was wounded, and in June 1918 he was gassed.

On 12 August 1918 Statton's battalion advanced until stopped by an enemy barrage, near Proyart, France. Over the next few hours Statton performed a number of brave actions, at one point rushing four enemy machine-gun positions armed only with a revolver. He disposed of two of the posts and killed five of the enemy. Later he went out under heavy fire and brought in two badly wounded men.

Statton came home in November 1919 to a hero's welcome; however, his wife was unhappy about his long absence, and they divorced. He remarried twice more, and worked as a farmer and in the timber industry.

Statton received the Victoria Cross, the Military Medal, service medals for the First World War, and coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

Rolls

  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Lance Corporal
    Place of Embarkation
    Hobart
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Berrima A35
    Date of Embarkation
    01 July 1916
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Victoria Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    40th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
    London Gazette
    27 September 1918 on page 11430 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    12 February 1919 on page 267 at position 1
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    40th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
    London Gazette
    16 August 1917 on page 8428 at position 106
    Commonwealth Gazette
    20 December 1917 on page 3378 at position 75
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Victoria Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    24 May 2017
    Unit
    40th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    27 June 1917
    Unit
    40th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Victoria Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    17 August 1918
    Unit
    40th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    40th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant

Timeline

Date of birth 21 October 1890
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 29 February 1916 40th Battalion
Date promoted 22 May 1916 Appointed to Lance Corporal.
Date of embarkation 01 July 1916
Date promoted 19 November 1916 Appointed to Corporal.
Date promoted 16 January 1917 Appointed to temporary Sergeant.
Date promoted 23 April 1917 Appointed to Sergeant.
Date of recommendation honour or award 27 June 1917
Date of honour or award 1917-08 Awarded Military Medal.
Date wounded 1917-10
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Date of honour or award 12 August 1918 Awarded Victoria Cross for action near Proyart, France whilst serving with 40 Battalion as a Sergeant.
Date of recommendation honour or award 17 August 1918
Date returned to Australia 1919
Date of discharge 18 January 1920
Date of death 05 December 1959

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