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Athelstan Neville USSHER

Regimental number82
Place of birthPortland, Victoria
SchoolTrinity Grammar School, Kew, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationJournalist
AddressMalmsbury Street, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs W O Ussher, Malmsbury Street, Kew, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name7th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

Extract from Brig Gen Elliott's letter. 'Being wounded myself, I had not the opportunity of observing him. I am informed however that on the day of landing he with others captured a Turkish Machine Gun and brought it into action against the enemy and I understand had he lived he was to have been recommended for a V.C. for his gallantry. On the date of his death he volunteered to lead a party to capture another Turkish Gun but none of them returned. (Mother)

FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 28), 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
52
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Owen and Edith Mary USSHER, Malmesbury Street, Kew, Victoria. Native of Portland
Family/military connectionsBrother: 35886 Bombardier Owen USSHER, 12th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 28 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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