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France GOMBERT

Date of birth29 April 1887
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolSuperior Public School, Leichhardt Central, Sydney, New South Wales
Other trainingBA Sydney University; licensed surveyor for Lands Dept, Sydney, Forbes District.
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSurveyor
Address'Bretagne', Rawson Street, Haberfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 7"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Renee Gombert, 11 'Bretagne', Rawson Street, Haberfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 January 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name17th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 28 August 1915
Place of death or woundingHill 60, Gallipoli
Date of death28 August 1915
Age at death28.5
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 58), 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
52
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Eugene and Alice GOMBERT. Native of Sydney
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 15 August 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 28 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as 'Bretoona', Rawson Street, Haberfield, New South Wales.
SourcesNAA: B2455, GOMBERT France

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