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Walter Jordan RUSK

Regimental number635
Place of birthWalkerville, South Australia
OccupationStore assistant
AddressWarwick Street, Walkerville, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Robert Rusk, Warwick Street, Walkerville, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A52 Surada on 17 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 29 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 70), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Walkerville Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia. Parents: Robert and Hannah RUSK, Walkerville, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 7287 Pte Lindsay Gordon RUSK, 20th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, returned to Australia, 13 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked for Gallipoli fom Alexandria, Egypt, 16 May 1915. Admitted to New Zealand Field Ambulance, 26 June 1915; transferred on Fleetsweeper 'Quinsey' to Mudros, 30 June 1915; returned to duty, 5 July 1915.

Board of Inquiry, 29 August 1915, met and found RUSK was 'missing believed killed, 29 August 1915'; Court of Inquiry, 17 December 1916, declared him to be 'Killed in action' at Gallipoli, 29 August 1915.

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

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