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George Vincent HEFFERNAN

Regimental number582
Place of birthDeloraine, Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMorse operator
Address63 Franklin Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8.5"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ruby Hefferman, 42 Gisdow Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateDied of wounds No details enetered on Nominal
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 64), 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.

Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Maria HEFFERNAN; husband of Ruby HEFFERNAN, 42 Gleadon Street, Launceston, Tasmania, Native of Deloraine
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney, 26 June 1915.

Taken on strength, 20th Bn, Gallipoli, 16 September 1915.

Wounded in action (gun shot wound, head), Gallipoli, 14 December 1915; died of wounds, Hospital Ship 'Dunluce Castle', 15 December 1915; buried at sea between Anzac and Mudros, 16 December 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsHad one daughter, Madaline Pearl Heffernan
SourcesNAA: B2455, HEFFERNAN George Vincent

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