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William LANG

Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
SchoolPalmerston North High School, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia15
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSoldier
Address'Marmora', Corner Street, Burwood, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Joseph T. Lang, 'Marmora,' Corner Street, Burwood, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed at the Royal Military College Duntroon (3 years) specially graduated and commissioned Nov 1914.
Enlistment date3 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A29 Suevic on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 13 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 4), 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
5
Family/military connectionsBrother: (1791) Captain Joe Tilson LANG MC, 53rd Bn, discharged, 21 December 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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