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George Ernest HARDING

Regimental number1045
Place of birthRoss, Tasmania
SchoolState School
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o Mrs Mary Harding, 405 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 5"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinMrs Mary Harding, 13 Cedric Street, North Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 September 1914
Place of enlistmentPontville, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death9 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records26
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
76
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Ellen HARDING; husband of Mary Harding, Conara, Tasmania. Native of Ross
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Admitted to the 1st Casualty Clearing Station (rheumatism), Gallipoli, 9 June 1915; transferred to Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 10 June 1915; discharged fit for duty, Mudros, 23 June 1915; rejoined 15th Bn, Gallipoli, 24 June 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 9 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry held in the field, 6 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 9 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARDING George Ernest

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