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Thomas Charles FORDE

Regimental number265
Place of birthFitzroy,Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressBayswater PO, Bayswater, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 7.25"
Weight159 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs A Forde, 191 Camberwell Road, Upper Hawthorn, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the he Johannesburg Mounted Rifles and the 29th Light Horse
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 5), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
6
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Promoted corporal, 3 October 1914.

Promoted sergeant, 28 October 1914.

Embarked Melbourne, 25 February 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FORDE Thomas Charles

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