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CLAUDE HOOKER

Regimental number1947
Place of birthPort Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
Address...
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.5"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinCousin, Miss Lily Saunders, Lane Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 February 1915
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on 18 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 53), 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.

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 4 December 1914.

Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force (refused to be inoculated), 26 January 1915.

Re-enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, 6 February 1915.

Taken on strength, 16th Bn, Gallipoli, 2 August 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOOKER CLAUDE

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