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VC640   William John Symons

BORN   10 July 1889

DIED   24 June 1948   AGE   58

VC Won   8-9 August 1915   AGE   26

Place VC Won   Lone Pine, Anzac sector, Gallipoli, Turkey

War/Campaign   First World War 1915

Name   William John Symons   No.      

VC Issue No.   640   Awards   VC   OBE

Regiment   Regiment 7th (Victoria) Battalion, AIF



Rank VC Won   Second Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Lieutenant Colonal

Place Of Birth   Eaglehawk, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Place Of Death   St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, England

Buried/Location Ashes   Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, London, England

Cremated   Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, London, England

Date Buried/Cremated   28 June 1948

Headstone   Ashes   Plot/Grave no.   Crocus lawn, Section 3D

Gazetted   15 October 1915

VC Presented   4 December 1915 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Named on Victoria Cross Memorial, Golders Green Crematorium, N.W. London

P  Memorial Plaque, Victorian Garden of Remembrance, Sringvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia      

Plaque, pegleg and sailors, Gullys Roads, Eaglehawk Town Hall, Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia

Display, Hall of Valour, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT, Australia

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Plaque, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT, Australia

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, National Memorial Arbouretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

P  Named On Memorial, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney, Australia

P  William J Symons honour's board Eaglehawk Primary School, Victoria, Australia

P  Symons memorial, Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia

By The Way…

In 1918 he adopted the name Penn-Symons

VC Held By

Australian War Memorial, Hall of Valour, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia



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Thank you to Bev Hanson & Sarah Kellam for photos of Eaglehawk, Australia