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Wilfred Rotherham GOWER

Regimental number1946
Place of birthSpringsure, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressDavis Street, Rockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height6' 0"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, Wm Gower, Davis Street, Rockhampton, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 January 1915
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 46), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Emily GOWER, The State School, Toowoomba East, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Brisbane, 16 April 1915.

Joined 15th Bn from reinforcements, Gallipoli, 16 June 1915.

Admitted to the New Zealand Field Ambulance (gastro enteritis), 24 June 1915; transferred to 15th Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 25 June 1915; rejoined 15th Bn, Gallipoli, 2 July 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915.

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

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GOWER Wilfred Rotherham

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