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William HEPBURN

Regimental number637
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDrover
Address19 Fitzroy Street, Footscray
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 10.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMrs I Victoria Hepburn, 19 Fitzroy Street, Footscray
Previous military serviceServed for 13 years in the Royal Horse Artillery; served for 18 months in South Africa with the New Zealand contingent
Enlistment date26 March 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 19 September 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 66), 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
101
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 8 May 1915.

Wounded in action and admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station (wounds, abdomen and thigh), Gallipoli, 16 September 1915; transferred to 6th Field Ambulance, 18 September 1915; died of wounds, Hospital Ship 'Mahene', 19 September 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HEPBURN William

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