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George LARTER

Regimental number801
Place of birthWillesden, London, England
SchoolLondon County Council School, England
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCasemaker
AddressNortham, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10.75"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMrs I Larter, Bullock Hill Road, East Wagin, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name11th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 33), 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
63
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Trinity Uniting (formerly Congregational) Church, Perth, Western Australia. Memorial consists of two arched stained glass windows (inscription left: 'I will not fail thee nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage'; inscription right: 'I have fought the good fight. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.' Centred beneath the windows is a small brass plaque: 'World's War. Commenced 4th August 1914. Armistice signed 11th November 1918. Peace signed 28th June 1919. In the cause of truth combined for the freedom of mankind.' Beneath the windows and flanking the plaque left and right are two larger brass plaques bearing the names of members of the parish who served in the war. Those who died are marked with an asterisk and the words 'These died for us'. Parents: George and Isabella LARTER, 128 Claremont Crescent, Swanbourne, Western Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Killed in action, 2 May 1915.

Statement [undated], Red Cross File No 1551005H, 791 Pte C. HUDSON, D Company, 11th Bn: Killed by a machine gun on first day of landing April 25th. This information was given to the informant by a man in the same group of friends.'

Second statement, Pte J.V. RATHBORNE, 11th Bn (patient, hospital, Malta), 9 July 1915: 'Killed April 25th. - near Kaba [sic] Tepe.'

Third statement, 793 Pte J.E. HIGGS, D Company, 11th Bn (patient, Atelier Hospital, Heliopolis), 4 September 1915: 'Said to have been shot in the head on April 25th and to have died early on the morning of the 26th -- he was carried from firing line to shelter of a hill by two companions of whom one was Pte. W.J. Cowan, 11th A.I.F. Witness heard Larter asking for water -- early in the morning of 26th he was found dead by his friends who had acrried him from firing line. Witness did not [underlined] see him dead. Larter was from Western Australia.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LARTER George
Red Cross File No 1551005H

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