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Ian Godfrey McKINNON

Regimental number1655
Place of birthWairoa, New Zealand
SchoolWairoa and Napier High School, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationStation hand
AddressBindungo Station, Roma, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9.75"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinJ M McKinnon, 'Karamu', Waiora, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Previous military serviceServed for 3.5 years in the 9th WCC Rifles, Cadet Service.
Enlistment date26 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 June 1914
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Battery 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A22 Rangatira on 25 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Refers 7-9 May 1915.
Recommendation date: Unspecified

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 44 (6 April 1916).

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularServed as a Corporal in the Hawke's Bay Mounted Rifles. (details from father)
FateDied of wounds 11 August 1915
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 11), 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
13
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 April 1915.

Promoted Bombardier, 26 July 1915.

Wounded in action, 11 August 1915; died of wounds, on board HS 'Valdivia', 11 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA B2455 file1951532

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