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Albert John HANDCOCK

Regimental number1350
Place of birthMyrrhee, Victoria
Place of birthWangaratta, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarpenter
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6.75"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Handcock, Myrrhee South, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularOne of eight brothers who served their King and Country in the Great War.
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 29), 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
50
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Harriett HANDCOCK, Myrrhee, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 7568 Sapper Frederick Arthur HANDCOCK, 1st Tunnelling Company, returned to Australia, 23 July 1919; 2021A Pte Joseph Ralph HANDCOCK, 2nd Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 1 April 1919; 4127 Pte Reginald Francis HANDCOCK, 21st Bn, returned to Australia, 8 April 1918; 2634 Pte Richard Murdoch Rowe HANDCOCK, 2nd Pioneer Bn, returned to Australia, 23 January 1919; 39 Pte Charles HANDCOCK, 38th Bn, died of disease, 10 November 1919; 1846 Pte William Henry HANDCOCK, 38th Bn, returned to Australia, 30 April 1919.~
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April-2 May 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HANDCOCK Albert John

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