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Thomas Spencer HOWARD

Date of birth14 July 1890
Place of birthNorth Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolCarlton College, Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrain salesman
AddressCorner of Pigdon and Wilson Streets, North Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, Dr G Howard, corner of Pigdon and Wilson Streets, North Carlton, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for six years in the 29th Light Horse as a lieutenant
Enlistment date1 January 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A16 Star of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular8th and 10th Light Horse, 7th August, 1915.
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 5), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Matilda HOWARD, 4 Collins Street, Melbourne
Family/military connectionsCousin: Lindsay Bailey, killed at Passchendaele, Belgium in 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Promoted lieutenant, Gallipoli, 3 June 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 16 August 1915, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOWARD Thomas Spencer

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