Josiah William STATTON

STATTON, Josiah William

Service Number: 946
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 35th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kooinga, South Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: School teacher
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Burra District WW1 Honor Roll, Hindmarsh Way Memorial Methodist Church Honour Roll, Norwood Primary School Honour Board, Rose Park Public School WW1 Honour Board, South Australian Education Department Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 946, 43rd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 946, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
27 Mar 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 35th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Adelaide Botanic High School

Josiah William Statton born in 1892, son of Emma Statton, resided in an unknown street in Kooinga, South Australia. According to Statton’s official documents, the information that is available of his life prior to joining the military is that he was unmarried and worked as a schoolteacher. His religious status was he was a part of the Melk Christian religion.

Later, when he began his WW1 journey by attempting to enlist in the beginning of the war but was denied due to him having poor dental health. But, on the 9th of October 1915 he attempted enlisting again and was accepted, this is suspected to be due to the necessity for soldiers at the time. Before he could be finally excepted, he had to undergo a medical examination, in which it is stated that he was tall for his time and two prominent features he had was hazel eyes and marks on his face that may have been tattoos. By the time he was accepted into the military, he was 23 years and 7 months old.

Once joined the military he was placed in the in the 43rd Battalion. 41st, 42nd, 43rd and the 44th Battalions created the 3rd division. This division fought in the Third Ypres campaign at Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde Wood and Poelcapelle. On the 16th of March 1916 he was promoted from Private to Sergeant. On the 14th of March 1917 he was placed to serve in France.  On the 3rd of June 1917 he was wounded with a gunshot to his right thigh. He was placed into a British hospital base in France named the “7 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France Saint-Omer, France”. On the 4th on June 1917, Statton was placed on the seconded list, which was a reserve list to be called up to fight where needed in the future.

He never fully recovered from his wounds, so he returned back to South Australia on the 9th of November 1917. There isn’t much information about Statton after war, except for that he was granted pension on the 26th of February 1918.