Biography

Birth date: 21 October 1890
Birth place: Australia: Tasmania, Beaconsfield
Death date: 05 December 1959
Death place: Australia: Tasmania, Hobart
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 506 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion

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 and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Date of embarkation: 01 July 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Hobart

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Medal

  • Unit: 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Photograph

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VICTORIA CROSS WINNERS FROM THE BOER WAR AND WORLD WAR 1 WHO GATHERED TO MARCH IN THE SYDNEY ANZAC DAY PARADE. BACK ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: LIEUTENANT (LIEUT.) J. ROGERS, SERGEANT (SGT) R. R. INWOOD, BRIGADIER A. S. BLACKBURN, SGT J. W. WHITTLE, SGT S. R. MCDOUGALL, MAJOR E. T. TOWNER, CAPTAIN (CAPT) A....

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Sydney, NSW. 1938-04-23. A group portrait of Victoria Cross recipients who were invited to Sydney by the United Licensed Victuallers Association (ULVA) to march as a group in the 1938 Sydney Anzac Day march. This gesture by the ULVA was part of the Australian sesquicentennial (150 years)...

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PORTRAIT OF N506 SGT P.C. STATTON VC MM, 40TH BATTALION.

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1927-04-25. AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS (VC) WINNERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE ANZAC DAY MARCH IN MELBOURNE, WAITING TO ENTER THE EXHIBITION BUILDING, WHERE A COMMEMORATION SERVICE WAS HELD. LEFT TO RIGHT: CAPTAIN R.C. GRIEVE, 2ND LIEUT W. RUTHVEN, CAPT J.E. NEWLAND, 2ND LIEUT J. HAMILTON, LIEUT. A....

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MELBOURNE, AUS. 1927-04-25. AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS (VC) WINNERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE 1927 ANZAC DAY MARCH. IN THE BACKGROUND ARE THE KING'S AND REGIMENTAL COLOURS OF THE A.M.F. BATTALIONS AND REGIMENTS. LEFT TO RIGHT:- CORPORAL (CPL) B.S. GORDON MM, CPL T.L. AXFORD MM, CPL J. CARROLL, SERGEANT...

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Heraldry

Elizabeth II Coronation Medal : P C Statton, VC MM

Elizabeth II Coronation Medal. Unnamed as issued.

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George VI Coronation Medal : P C Statton, VC MM

George VI Coronation Medal. Unnamed as issued.

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Victoria Cross : Sergeant P C Statton, 40 Battalion, AIF

Victoria Cross. Engraved reverse suspender with recipient's details and reverse cross with date of action.

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British War Medal 1914-20: Sergeant P C Statton, 40 Battalion, AIF

British War Medal 1914-20. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Victory Medal: Sergeant P C Statton, 40 Battalion, AIF

Victory Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Military Medal: Sergeant P C Statton, 40 Battalion, AIF

Military Medal (Geo V). Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Private Record

Technology

Mainspring for Webley Mark V Revolver : Sergeant P C Statton, 40 Battalion, AIF

Mainspring for Webley Mark V double action, six shot revolver.

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Webley Mark V Revolver : Sergeant P C Statton, 40 Battalion, AIF

Webley Mark V double action, six shot revolver. Frame stamped WEBLEY MARK V PATENTS 1915. The grips are black checkered bone with the right side bottom broken. The back strap is stamped 2.16 and it has a lanyard ring at the butt.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1890-10-21
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1916-02-29 40th Battalion
Date promoted 1916-05-22 Appointed to Lance Corporal.
Date of embarkation 1916-07-01
Date promoted 1916-11-19 Appointed to Corporal.
Date promoted 1917-01-16 Appointed to temporary Sergeant.
Date promoted 1917-04-23 Appointed to Sergeant.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-06-27
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 1918-08-12 Awarded Victoria Cross for action near Proyart, France whilst serving with 40 Battalion as a Sergeant.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-08-17
Date returned to Australia 1919
Date of discharge 1920-01-18
Date of death 1959-12-05