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John George FRY

Regimental number1943
Place of birthBuxham, Devon, England
SchoolSouth Townsville State School, Queensland
Other trainingServed in Junior Cadets and Senior Naval Cadets
Age on arrival in Australia5
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationApprentice boilermaker
AddressAllen Street, South Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 5"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Fry, Allen Street, South Townsville, Queensland
Previous military serviceThree and a half years service in the Naval Cadets
Enlistment date21 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 January 1915
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWon 3 silver medals for rifle shooting as a Cadet
FateDied of wounds 22 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death22 August 1915
Age at death19.7
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 46), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas Furze and Edith FRY, Allen Street, South Townsville, Queensland. Native of Brixham, Devon, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Brisbane, 16 April 1915.

Joined 15th Bn, Gallipoli, 13 July 1915.

Wounded in action (gun shot wound, abdomen), 21 August 1915; Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 22 August 1915; died of wounds, Gallipoli, 22 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FRY John George

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