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Frederick John THOMPSON

Regimental number464
Place of birthWairarapa, New Zealand
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationTraveller
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 10.25"
Weight143.5 lbs
Next of kinFather, R J Thompson, Ranfurly Road, Fielding, New Zealand
Previous military service2.5 years Manchester Rifle Volunteers, Fielding, New Zealand
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 August 1914
Place of enlistmentWarwick, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 17), 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
57
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Landed on Gallipoli with 16th Section, 8 Platoon, B Company, 9th Bn.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.

Court of Enquiry held in the field, France, 5 June 1916, declared killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, THOMPSON Frederick John

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