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William Evans VIANT

Regimental number1406
Place of birthThebarton, South Australia
SchoolThebarton Public School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W Viant, Beans Road, Southwark, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Military Cadet Training.
Enlistment date3 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Mcgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularFrom time of enlistment to date of death it was five months. (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Place of death or woundingQuinn's Post, Gallipoli, Turkey
Age at death19.6
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 57), 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
81
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William John Henry and Henrietta VIANT, 27 Beans Road, Henley Park, Thebartor, South Australia
Family/military connectionsCousins: 2429 Pte Thomas SADLER, 27th Bn, killed in action, 3 June 1916; 2431 Pte Frederick William VIANT, 44th Bn, died of wounds, 3 June 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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