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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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