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Henry Raymond HOMER

Regimental number505
Place of birthHerefordshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressMayfield, Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Homer, Mayfield, Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the 8th Infantry, Citizen Forces; previously rejected as unfit for service on account of varicose veins
Enlistment date19 November 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 15 December 1914
FateDied of disease 12 November 1915
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 69), 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
182
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Benjamin and Elizabeth HOMER, Station Road, Indooroopilly, Queensland. Native of Kingston, Herefordshire, England
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 15750 Pte Ernest Thomas HOMER, 7th Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 13 March 1918; [3509] 2nd Lt Herbert William HOMER MM, 26th Bn, died of wounds, 1 June 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915.

Admitted to No. 7 Field Ambulance (sick), Gallipoli, 9 November 1915; died of disease ('acute jaundice'), No. 16 Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 12 November 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOMER Henry Raymond

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