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  • Name: Percy Clyde STATTON
  • D.O.B: 21st October, 1890
  • D.O.A: 12th August, 1918
  • D.O.D: 5th December, 1959
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 40th Battalion (Tasmania), 10th Brigade, 3rd Division, Australian Imperial Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Proyart, France 12 August 1918

12 August 1918

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The First World War 1918 

By 12 August 1918 the push east which had begun with the opening of the Battle of Amiens four days earlier had mostly ground to a halt. However there were still to be successes in some minor actions. 40th Battalion Australian Imperial Force succeeded in capturing the village of Proyart, just north of the Amiens-St Quentin road, and some ground to the east.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in action when in command of a platoon which reached its objective, the remainder of the battalion being held up by heavy machine-gun fire. He skilfully engaged two machine-gun posts with Lewis gun fire, enabling the remainder of his battalion to advance. The advance of the battalion on his left had been brought to a standstill by heavy enemy machine-gun fire, and the first of our assaulting detachments to reach the machine-gun posts were put out of action in taking the first gun. Armed only with a revolver, in broad daylight, Sjt. Statton at once rushed four enemy machine-gun posts in succession, disposing of two of them, and killing five of the enemy. The remaining two posts retired and were wiped out by Lewis-gun fire. Later in the evening, under heavy machine-gun fire, he went out again and brought in two badly wounded men. Sjt. Statton set a magnificent example of quick decision, and the success of the attacking troops was largely due to his determined gallantry. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 September 1918. 27 September 1918, Numb. 30922, pp. 11430-31

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