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Gerald Harry GOSS

Regimental number266
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
ReligionCongregational
OccupationClerk
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 7"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinMother, Annie Goss, 17 Vincent Street, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2.5 years in the civil defence corps.
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 30 April 1915
Date of death30 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 50), 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.

Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Annie GOSS, "Torridge", 9 Vincent Street, Perth, Western Australia. Native of Richmond, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Appointed Corporal, 24 September 1914.

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

Appointed Sergeant, 23 December 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 13 April 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 30 April 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GOSS Gerald Harry

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