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Leslie Gordon HOSKING

Regimental number192
Place of birthBalaclava, South Australia
SchoolCampbelltown and Wellington Road Public Schools
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
AddressYacka, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Hosking, Yacka, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 31 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He had an enviable disposition and great determination and courage. Most gentlemanly in manner. His C.O. in writing me mentioned him as one of the bravest under his command." Details from Father.
FateDied of wounds 26 July 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death26 July 1915
Age at death24.3
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 34), 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
62
Family/military connectionsBrother: Ivor Wm Jas A Hosking of 27th Battalion, South Australia, returned.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Found guilty, 28 January 1915, of making an improper reply to an NCO, Mena, 27 January 1915: awarded 7 days confined to camp.

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

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 23 July 1915; admitted to the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station and transferred to Hospital Ship 'Sicilia', 23 July 1915; died of wounds (gun shot wound, head), Hospital Ship 'Sicilia', 26 July 1915; buried at sea between Gallipoli and Malta.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOSKING Leslie Gordon

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