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26-March-2015
26-March-2015

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A Lone Pine tree commemorates Lieutenant William John Symons, a former student of Eaglehawk Primary School, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Battle of Lone Pine in 1915. 

William Symons was born at Eaglehawk, Victoria, in 1889. He worked as a commercial traveller and served for eight years in the militia, then enlisted in the AIF in August 1914. Posted as a sergeant, Symons landed with the 7th Battalion on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. He was commissioned second lieutenant the next day, and promoted to lieutenant on 2 July.

In the early hours of 9 August 1915, the Turks made a series of attacks on Jacob`s Trench at Lone Pine. Symons was ordered to retake the trench, knowing he would be lucky to survive. He led a charge, but the enemy continued to attack. With the trench under fire from three sides Symons built a timber barricade. Although the Turks set fire to the woodwork, he extinguished the flames and finally forced the enemy to discontinue their attacks. For his efforts he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

 

Location

Address:High & Church Streets, Dr. Catford Memorial Park , Eaglehawk, 3556
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.719861
Long: 144.254919
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Link: http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonl…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 21st April, 2005
Front Inscription
This Lone Pine Tree was dedicated on the 
                  21st April 2005
                   in memory of 
Lieutenant William John Symons VC 
                  1889 -1948 
A former student of Eaglehawk Primary School 
     who was awarded the Victoria Cross
for outstanding bravery, courage and determination 
      at the battle of Lone Pine, Gallipoli 
                 August 8-9-1915 
Source: MA, ADB
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