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James Arthur HARDING

Regimental number218
Place of birthForrest Reefs, New South Wales
SchoolDubbo District School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMitchell Street, Dubbo, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 8"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Eva Harding, Mitchell Street, Dubbo, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 27 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death27 April 1915
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: James and Ann HARDING. Native of Dubbo, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Appointed lance corporal, 27 November 1914.

Appointed acting corporal, 6 February 1915.

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

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 29 April 1915; buried at foot of Quinn's Post.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARDING James Arthur

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