Another ANZAC Tunneller from the Ballarat Electorate:
Captain Percy William Wagstaff, born in Daylesford, was a miner. In 1896 he was the Mine Manager for the ‘Last Chance Mine’ at Yandoit. He married music teacher Florence Wilkinson.
According to his records, he served with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Australian Infantry Regiment and the 67th Australian Infantry before WW1.
He applied and became a member of the No 5 Tunnelling Company and later transferred to the 2nd Tunnelling Company.
Besides the British medals awarded after the war, he was awarded the Croix de Guerre (France) for conspicuous services. As a result of an explosion,
2 French deputies and some soldiers were buried. Wagstaff at his own personal risk, and under difficult circumstances, directed the rescue work day and night,
resulting in saving some soldiers as well as recovery of the Deputies.
Percy William Wagstaff returned to Australia and died in September 1941 at age 60.
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