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William HORNBY

Regimental number1649
Place of birthLondon, England
Other trainingInspector, Automatic Co.
Age on arrival in Australia45
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineer's assistant
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation46
Height5' 8"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Hornby, 43 Oak Village, Gospel Oak, Hampstead, England
Previous military serviceServed for 17 years, 9 months in the 17th Battalion Rifle Brigade
Enlistment date8 January 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 1 June 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death1 June 1915
Age at death46
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
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Taken on strength, 2nd Bn, Gallipoli, 7 May 1915.

Died of wounds, (compound fracture, skull), Hospital Ship 'Gascon', 1 June 1915; buried at sea 3 miles off Gaba Tepe.

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

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