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William John FRASER

Regimental number2357
Place of birthAlbert Park, Victoria
SchoolFootscray State School, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCar builder
Address81 Barkly Street, Footscray, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.75"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Fraser, 81 Barkly Street, Footscray, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Senior Cadets and 1 year in the Citizen Military, Footscray, VIC
Enlistment date13 May 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 17 October 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death17 October 1915
Age at death20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 30), 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
53
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 16 July 1915.

Circumcised, No. 1 Auxiliary Convalescent Depot, Heliopolis, 9 September 1915.

Wounded in action, Shrapnel Gully, Gallipoli, 13 October 1915 (gun shot wounds, abdomen and arm).

Died of wounds, Hospital Ship "Valdiva", 5.45am, 17 October 1915; buried at sea, 36° 2' North, 27° 38' East 12.30pm, 17 October 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FRASER William John

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