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John HEAD

Regimental number1133
Place of birthMaidstone, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelephone mechanic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 6.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Head, Fairfax Drive, Southend on Sea, Essex, England
Enlistment date2 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 29 June 1915
Date of death29 June 1915
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 20), 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
36
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney, 20 October 1914.

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

Admitted to No. 1 Stationary Hospital (influenza), Mudros, 28 May 1915; discharged to duty, Lemnos, 11 June 1915.

Died of wounds, Hospital Ship 'Sicilia', 29 June 1915; buried at sea, 30 June 1915.

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

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