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John McDONALD

Regimental number1802
Place of birthManning River, New South Wales
SchoolManning River Public School, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationTelephone line repairer
AddressUley, Willia Street, Granville, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinMrs M E McDonald, Uley, William Street, Granville, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as Trooper No 415, South African War. Service 1 year 109 days.
Enlistment date23 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 10 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 07-14 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death14 August 1915
Age at death36
Age at death from cemetery records36
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 16), 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
33
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Neil and Margaret MCDONALD, 89 Blaxcell Street, Granville, New South Wales. Native of Manning
Family/military connectionsHad several cousins killed in war 1914-1918.
Other details

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

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