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John HOLDEN

Regimental number978
Place of birth62 Kimberley Road, Nunhead, London, England
SchoolBrockley Road, Crofton Park, London, England
Age on arrival in Australia16
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 9.75"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Holden, 18 Manwood Road, Brookley, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 September 1914
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'John Holden was the first man to enlist at Watervale and then his friend Oliver Ward decided to go with him. (Oliver Ward is brother to Mr Jim Ward, Farmer of Watervale).' Details from Father.
FateKilled in Action 25-29 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death19.10
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 32), 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
59
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary HOLDEN, 18 Manwood Road, Brockley, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Adelaide, 20 October 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 25-29 April 1915.

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

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