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George Thomas HOWDEN

Regimental number440
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
SchoolSt. Ignatius (Catholic) School and Central State School, Richmond, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDriver
Address18 Clifton Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, A W Howden, 18 Clifton Street, Richmond, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the 56th Infantry; served for 1 year in the Senior Cadets
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRichmond, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death20.6
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 26), 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
47
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Antonio and Ella HOWDEN, 844 Lygon Street, Carlton North, Victoria. Native of Richmond
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 19 October 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 24 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOWDEN George Thomas

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