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George Lawrence MURPHY

Regimental number473
Place of birthWarragul, Gippsland, Victoria
SchoolNeerim South State School, Gippsland, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address81 Queen Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10.5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinMother, Elizabeth Murphy, 433 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military serviceMember, Rifle Club.
Enlistment date11 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, D Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularStudent of history.
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 40), 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
73
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Elizabeth MURPHY, Castlemaine, Victoria. Native of Neerim South
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Wounded in action, 19 May 1915 (bullet wound, throat); no further details recorded.

Killed in action 8 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MURPHY George Lawrence

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