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Percy Claude Langdon M.M. (1890-1963)

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“Percy Claude Langdon M.M. (1890-1963),” Wyndham History, accessed August 15, 2020, http://www.wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/2495.
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Title

Percy Claude Langdon M.M. (1890-1963)

Subject

Langdon, Percy Claude

Publisher

Wyndham City Libraries

Date

1915

Contributor

Bill Strong

Format

text

Language

eng

Type

Text

Biographical Text

No.3777  Private Percy Claude Langdon
Percy Claude Langdon's parents were Mathew Mark Langdon and Florence Henrietta Ford. Children of the marriage were:

  • Joscelyn David Langdon - 1885-1937
  • Norman Penrith Langdon - 1886-1970
  • Arthur Joseph Langdon - 1887-1889
  • Florence Henrietta Langdon - 1888-1889
  • Percy Claude Langdon -1890-1963 (Served in the A.I.F. as No.3777)
  • Alma Juanita Kathleen Langdon - 1891-1966
  • Vernon Harcourt Langdon - 1892-1963
  • Zedina Estella Langdon - 1893-1894
  • Florence Zedina Elizabeth Langdon - 1895-1964
  • Eric Leslie Langdon - 1899-1953 (Served in the A.I.F. as No.4746)
  • Venetia Irene Langdon - 1896-1896
  • Lucy Olinda Langdon - 1904-1983

Pre War
Before enlisting, Percy worked as a boilermaker.

29 July 1911 - Percy Claude Langdon married Ruby Elizabeth Day at St Bartholomews Church, Burnley, Victoria.

War Service
5 July 1915 - Enlisted in the A.I.F. at Melbourne

22 October 1915 Changed rank from Private to Sapper.

22 November 1915  - Completed initial Training and appointed to 5th Field Coy Engineers

24 November 1915 - Embarked from Melbourne with the 1st Reinforcements for the 5th Field Coy, Engineers, per HMAT Ceramic A40. Disembarked in Egypt and underwent additional training.

17 March 1916 - Embarked at Alexandria in Egypt, to join the B.E.F.

23 March 1916 - Disembarked at Marseilles in France and joined his unit.

4 August 1916 - Wounded in France - Gunshot wound to left shoulder.

13 August 1916 - Evacuated to England per H.S. Dieppe. Admitted to 3rd Northern General Hospital at Sheffield.

13 October 1916 - Discharged from Hospital

29 March 1917 - Marched in to No.4 Commonwealth Depot at Warcham.

16 May 1917 - Proceeded overseas to France

23 May 1917 - Sapper Langdon re-joined his unit in the field.

31 May 1918 - Sapper Langdon appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal

11 November 1918 - Armistice

13 April 1919 - L/Cpl Langdon returned to Australia per Castalia.

30 May 1919-  Disembarked at Melbourne.

17 June 1919 - L/Cpl Langdon was awarded a Military Medal. The citation states it was for "Bravery in the Field."

22 October 1919 - Discharged from the A.I.F. at Melbourne

Post War
After the war, Percy Langdon worked for the Victorian Railways.

7 April 1963 Percy Langdon died at Heidelberg, Victoria.
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9 April 1963 - Percy is buried at Fawkner Cemetery, Victoria.

Medals and Entitlements:

  • Military Medal
  • 1914-1915 Star - No. 3470
  • British War Medal - No.27096
  • Victory Medal - No.26961

Notes
Name on the Werribee Shire Oak Board: Langdon, P. C.

The names "Langdon, P.C. from Spotswood" and Langdon, E.L. from Spotswood”, first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 13 February 1919, p.3.

In 1915, A Mr Langdon was the Secretary of the Laverton Board of Works.
Werribee Shire Banner, 11 February 1915, p.2.

Mr H. Langdon wrote to the Werribee Shire Council in 1915, asking that destruction of trees at Laverton be stopped.
Werribee Shire Banner, 4 March 1915, p.3.

Mr Herbert Langdon (possibly a relative) wrote to the Editor of the Werribee Shire Banner, asking that some of the money held in trust for the Laverton community, be used to place an Honor Board in the local school, to perpetuate the names of the local heroes who had volunteered for the war.
Werribee Shire Banner, 31 August 1916, p.3.

Bibliography

Embarkation
https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/

Unit War Diary
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection

Death
ancestry.com.au

Service Record
https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/

Marriage
ancestry.com.au

Pioneer Index 1837-1888 CD
Federation Index 1889-1901 CD
Edwardian Index 1902-1913 CD
Great War Index 1914-1920 CD
Marriage Index 1921-1942 CD

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