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George William GREENGRASS

Regimental number1434
Place of birthFootscray, Victoria
SchoolYarraville State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPrinter
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 6.75"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Greengrass, Stephen Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularName given on RoH circular as George William GREENGRASS.
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli
Date of death8 August 1914
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records31
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Jane GREENGRASS, 31 Stephen Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 572 Lance Sergeant Charles Maurice GREENGRASS, 7th Bn, killed in action, Zonnebeke, Belgium, 4 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Appointed Corporal, 1 November 1914.

Embarked Melbourne, 2 February 1915.

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

Reported wounded and 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'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GREENGRASS George William

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