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William GOBLE

Regimental number446
Place of birthNerton, near East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland
SchoolHutchisontown Grammar School Glasgow, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressState Mine, Wonthaggi, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Weight134 lbs
Next of kin..., Mrs Isabella Gibson, Glasgow, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 September 1914
Place of enlistmentWonthaggi, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, D Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death38
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 40), 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
72
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry held in the field, 6 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 11710081, Lt A. JACKA VC, 14th Bn, 13 October 1916: ''[O]n Aug. 6th 1915 at Australian Gully, Gallipoli, Goble was killed by a bullet. It was Sunday morning about 8.30. His body was never recovered as we had to retire and could not get it. I did not see him killed but I questioned my men and those who had been close to him were certain he was killed.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GOBLE William
Red Cross File No 11710081

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