William Eric PAXTON

PAXTON, William Eric

Service Number: QX29251
Enlisted: 9 January 1942
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 10 October 1916
Home Town: Monto, North Burnett, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Papua, 18 January 1943, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gympie WW2, Monto War Memorial, Shire of Monto War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, QX29251
9 Jan 1942: Enlisted
9 Jan 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, QX29251, 2nd/9th Infantry Battalion
10 Jan 1943: Discharged

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

William was the second of three children of Alfred Paxton (born 1884 in Sydney, NSW) and Grace Evelyn Lockhard (born 1895 in Brisbane, QLD). Alfred (a Labourer) and Grace married in Brisbane in 1911 and lived there, where Alfred worked as a Cellarman at Breakfast Creek, until moving to Ringtail Creek via Pomona, QLD in 1918. Alfred was a Dairy Farmer until 1943, when he moved to Cooroy and worked as a Labourer. 

William started work as a Labourer, and in 1938 was a Farmer at Mt Cooroy when he married Isabel Lillian Hayter (born 1917 in Gympie, QLD) at Pomona, QLD. William and Isabel were living at Monto, where William was a Farmer when he enlisted in the Australian Army in January 1942. He served as a Private (Service No:QX29251) with 7 Pioneer Coy, 2/18 Infantry Training Battalion and was with 2/9 Infantry Battalion when he embarked for New Guinea on 26 November 1942. William was KiA at the Sanananda Track in January 1943.