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Herbert Charles HARSANT

Regimental number763
Place of birthBorough of Southwark, London, England
SchoolL.C.C. School, secondary, Southwark, England
Age on arrival in Australia29
ReligionChurch of England
Address44 Howe crescent, Albert Park, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 6.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMrs H C Harsant, 44 Howe crescent, Albert Park, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 18 months in South Africa; served for 12 years in the Royal Fusiliers, City of London, Territorials: Colour Sergeant
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSouth Melbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameDivisional Train, No 3 Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll765
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Service Corps details
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He went under age. I have a very interesting diary from the day my husband left Melbourne till they evacuated Gallipoli, which I would sen on if you wish." Details from Wife.
FateDied of disease 9 September 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death34
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 68), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick and Elizabeth HARSANT; husband of H.C. Harsnat, 15 algar Buildings, Waterloo Road, London, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Died of disease (enteric fever), SS 'Devanah', 9 September 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARSANT Herbert Charles

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