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John Christopher GORMAN

Regimental number177
Place of birthAlbany, Western Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBarman
AddressAlbany, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinFather, C Gorman, Albany, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2.5 years in the 11th Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 31 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 3 May 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 33), 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
62
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Mother wrote to Minister of Defence, 10 August 1915: 'In reference to my son's (J.C. Gorman) death we have had practically no news at all about it with the exception of "Killed in Action". Surely you could find out the date and a few particulars concerning his death. It is only natural I beling his Mother would like to know something of the surroundings of my lost loved son. Trusting at this most worrying time I am not asking too much.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GORMAN John Christopher

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