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Full Name
William Edwin Eason
Rank Last Held
Private
Forename(s)
William Edwin
Surname
Eason
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
5781
Gender
Male
First Known Rank
Private
Occupation before Enlistment
Labourer
Next of Kin
Mr F.T.M. Eason (father), Harlison Street, Otautau, Southland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
Harlison Street, Otautau, Southland, New Zealand
Military District
Invercargill
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
Embarkation Unit
2 Provost Company
Embarkation Date
5 January 1940
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Destination
Egypt
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 1
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 53
Last Unit Served
20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death
At Sea
Date of Death
9 December 1941
Age at Death
26
Year of Death
1941
Cause of Death
Drowned
Memorial Name
Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
Memorial Reference
Column 102.
Biographical Notes
  • Son of Frederick Thomas Eason and Alice Eason, of Otautau, Southland, New Zealand.
  • Eason was taken prisoner during the Western Desert campaign and put on an Italian ship to be taken to Italy. En route the ship was torpedoed and Eason was presumed drowned.
Sources Used
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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