John W. Saxton

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John William Saxton was born in Nottingham, England. At the time of his enlistment, on 20 October 1915, he was a twenty-one year old blacksmith stricker.[1]He was from Galong, New South Wales, and took his oath at Holdsworthy, New South Wales.

Saxton's next of kin was his mother were was living at 99 Hartley Road, Radford, Nottingham, England. [2]

Military Experience

Saxton was appointed a Lance Corporal with the 1st Tunnelling Company on 04 November 2016. [3]

Saxton was Killed in Action in France on 25 April 1917 and was buried at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground.

C. E. W. BEAN mentions '…About this time, on April 25, apparently by the premature firing of a super sensitive detonator, which was being tested by officers in the company's advanced headquarters, Capt W. P. AVERY and Lts A. E. TANDY (Ballarat, Vic) and G. D. EVANS (Randwick, NSW), were killed, and seven batmen asphyxiated. Cpl J. W. SAXTON (Galong, NSW), one of the proto-men was buried and killed when trying to reach them.[4][5]

See also

1st Tunnelling Company


  1., accessed 28 July 2013.
  2., accessed 28 July 2013.
  3., accessed 28 July 2013.
  4. Bean, C.E.W., Official History of Australia in the War, Vol IV, P 958.
  5., accessed 28 July 2013.

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