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Drawn Into a Snare

Percy Charles Sawford (1886–1915)

Percy Sawford was a grandson of the convict John Sawford. His parents were Eliza (nee Powell) and John (jnr), the first colonial-born Sawford. At 28 and a farmer from Baden near Oatlands, Percy stood at 5 feet 10¾ inches (180cm).
Percy enlisted in June 1915. He was allotted to the ‘D’ Company 26th Battalion. According to the Battalion diary, on 12 November 1915 at 6.45am, a dozen bombs plus a series of six-inch shells fell on their position. And snipers from both sides were active in the area. Private Sawford’s service record states that he was shot through the head.
His purse, pen, letters and address book, were later returned to his next-of-kin, his widowed mother Eliza. Private Sawford has no known grave. His name is inscribed on the Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing in Action.

An Australian soldier at Gallipoli developed the ‘periscope rifle’, a device that allowed a soldier to aim and fire a rifle from a trench, without being exposed to enemy fire.
An Australian soldier at Gallipoli developed the ‘periscope rifle’, a device that allowed a soldier to aim and fire a rifle from a trench, without being exposed to enemy fire.

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