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Percival Loxton

Jeparit Rowing Club (VIC)

Percival Loxton was born in Kew and enlisted for WWI at Corowa NSW on 19th August 1914 aged 27 1/2 years old. His occupation was shown as a clerk and his service number 938.

He arrived in Egypt in December 1914 and was sent to Gallipoli to land on fateful landing on 25th April 1915. He was killed in action on the first day of the campaign and his body was never recovered. 

He was originally listed as wounded and assumed to have been evacuated to Egypt. Reassuring messages were sent back to Australia. It was only when recording keeping caught up with the confusion of the battle on the shores of Gallipoli, that it became apparent he had been killed in action in the landing and his body never recovered.

His eldest brother F H Loxton, is probably the same person as the F H Loxton listed as the Captain of Essendon Rowing Club from 1906-11.

Graham Drage
September 2021

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