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John Gordon HIDES

Regimental number1134
Place of birthCairns, Queensland
SchoolThe Southport School, Southport, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStockman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8.5"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Hides, Hides Hotel, Lake Street, Cairns, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 29 October 1915
Date of death7 May 1915
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 17), 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
33
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1555 Pte Robert Craig HIDES, 9th Bn, killed in action, 15 April 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

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

Died of wounds, Hospital Ship 'Lutzow', 7 May 1915; buried at sea between Gallipoli and Alexandria, 7 May 1915.

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

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