Sergeant Percy Clyde Statton

Service number 506
Ranks Held Lance Corporal, Sergeant
Birth Date 1890-10-21
Birth Place Australia: Tasmania, Beaconsfield
Death Date 1959-12-05
Death Place Australia: Tasmania, Hobart
Final Rank Sergeant
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1918-09-27
Published in London Gazette in 1917-08-16
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-02-12
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-12-20

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.



Date of birth 21 October 1890
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 29 February 1916 40th Battalion
Date of enlistment 29 February 1916
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 06 October 1919
Date of discharge 18 January 1920
Date of death 05 December 1959