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23-May-2014 (Arthur Garland)
23-May-2014 (Arthur Garland)

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The plaque commemorates Victoria Cross and Military Medal recipient, Sergeant Percy Statton.

Percy Statton was born in Beaconsfield, Tasmania and was farming when he enlisted in 1916. In broad daylight after seeing a patrol of diggers virtually wiped out, armed only with a revolver, he rushed four enemy machine gun posts in succession, disposing of two of them and killing five of the enemy. Later in the evening he went out again and bought back two badly wounded men. For this he was awarded the Victoria cross.

His actions over three days in June 1917 leading troops under heavy artillery and machine gun fire earned him the Military Medal. He was wounded in 1917 , gassed in 1918 and was discharged from the army in 1920. After the war he worked in the Tasmanian timber industry and was praised for his heroism in rescuing families cut by bushfires in 1934.


Address:Belstead Street, Primary School, Zeehan, 7469
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.887739
Long: 145.339833
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Front Inscription

Sgt. Percy Clyde Statton

40th. Aust Inf Bn, A.I.F.

Born : 21st October 1890 Beaconsfield Tasmania

Awarded VC : 12th August 1918 near Proyart France

Source: MA
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