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Walter John GIBSON

Regimental number1652
Place of birthGipp St, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolFort St Public School, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 4.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinSister, Elizabeth Cameron, White House Hotel, Cooks River, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 December 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 30 April 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be Walter John Gibson on NR
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death30 April 1915
Age at death33
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 17), 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
32
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Died of wounds ('gun shot wounds'), HMTS 'Derflinger', 30 April 1915; buried at sea between Gallipoli and Alexandria, 30 April 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GIBSON Walter John

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