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Edwin James HORROCKS

Regimental number298
Place of birthNarracan, Gippsland, Victoria
SchoolCollie State School
ReligionMethodist
OccupationSleeper-cutter
AddressCollie Burn, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.5"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Horrocks, Collie Burn via Collie, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets
Enlistment date5 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 March 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A36 Thirty Six on 12 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He was a good shot and volunteered as a sniper and was shot through the spine." Details from Mars Margaret Horrocks, (mother), Collie Burn, Western Australia
FateDied of wounds 18 September 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death19
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 68), 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
113
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Margaret HORROCKS. Native of Narracan, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 555 Pte Joseph HORROCKS, 11th Bn, died of wounds, 20 May 1915. His comrades said that he hopped down the narrow trench with his leg blown off before he died.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 17 September 1915; admitted to the 16th Casualty Clearing Station and transferred to the Hospital Ship 'Somali' (gunshot wound, abdomen), Gallipoli, 17 September 1915; died of wounds (gunshot wound, spine: 'haematuria paralysie'), Hospital Ship 'Somali', 18 September 1915; buried at sea.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Place of burialDied on board hospital ship ''Somali" and was buried at sea.
SourcesNAA: B2455, HORROCKS Edwin James

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