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William Jacob Henry GROESSLER

Regimental number783
Place of birthUralla, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPlumber
AddressGregory Street, Geraldton, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 6"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinHenry Groessler, Gregory Street, Geraldton, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Western Australian Infantry Regiment
Enlistment date5 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 30 July 1915
Date of death30 July 1915
Place of burialAt Sea
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

Found guilty, 1 October 1914, of breaking camp: forfeited 1 day's pay and awarded 7 days confined to camp.

Embarked Freemantle, 2 November 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 2 March 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station (bomb wound, right side), Gallipoli, 29 July 1915; transferred to HMHS 'Rewa', 29 July 1915; died of wounds, at sea, 30 July 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GROESSLER William Jacob Henry

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