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John William MANSFIELD

Regimental number1983
Place of birthStoke-on-Trent, England
SchoolCross Street Board School, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFitter
Addressc/o Loco Workshops, Cairns, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6.25"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinA Mansfield, Stoke on Trent, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 January 1915
Place of enlistmentCairns, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe worked at the Government Railway workshops.
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death25.11
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 48), 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
76
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Albert and Mary MANSFIELD, 48 West Street, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined 15th Bn, Gallipoli, 13 July 1915.

Wounded in action, 27 July 1915 [note on Form B103: 'Not cabled as report "Missing" received and cabled earlier.'; rejoined Bn, 28 July 1915.

Reported missing, 8 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry, Serapeum, 6-8-28 April 1916, concluded: 'Killed in action, 8 August 1915.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MANSFIELD John William

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