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Joseph William VERSWYVELT

Regimental number141
Date of birth1872
Place of birthAntwerp, Belgium
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCook
AddressThames Promenade, Chelsea, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinH Forbes, 80 Roden Street, West Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 21 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death43
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 43), 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
74
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 april 1915.

Reported wounded, 30 May 1915 (gun shot wound, back); admitted to Clacton Sweeper, 31 May 1915; transferred to HS 'Franconia', 31 May 1915; admitted to 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, 8 June 1915.

Embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli, 19 July 1915.

Reported missing, 21 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held at Serapeum, 28 April 1916, declared fate as 'Killed in Action, 21 August 1915'.

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

Belgian Consul-General, 19 December 1920, informed Base Records that 'before leaving Australia, [the soldier] handed over to that official all he possessed, a rather important sum of money for the Belgian Relief Fund, stating that he had no more relatives in Belgium'.
SourcesNAA: B2455, VERSWYVELT Joseph William

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