Indigenous Australian, Private William Edward EASTEN, 42nd & 15th Infantry Battalions.
William (Bill) Easten was born at Southport, Qld in 1893 to Edward and Ida Easten (nee Wyborne). He was farming in Cleveland when he volunteered to serve with the first AIF in May 1916.
William Easten trained at the Artillery camp, Brisbane before embarking on HMAT Clan MacGillivray in September 1916 bound for England. After several months at the Training Battalion, Hurdcott, he sailed for France in February 1917 to join his unit in the front lines.
William Easten was wounded in action in July 1917 when his Battalion was operating near Messines. He was evacuated to England for treatment and returned to his unit in France in November.
Easten was again admitted to hospital in April 1918 with fever and by the time he returned to France the 42nd had been disbanded and he was transferred to the 15th Infantry Battalion.
Private William Easten returned to Australia in May 1919.
Read more …
- Service record: EASTEN, William Edward
- Embarkation roll
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- View the whole Collection: Indigenous enlistment
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History
Marg Powell & Des Crump | QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland