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Kenneth Leigh WALKER

Regimental number438
Place of birthAscot Vale, Victoria
SchoolSt Thomas' Grammar School, Essendon, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
Address18 Combermere Street, Essendon, Victoria
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinC R Walker, McCarron Parade, Essendon, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Mounted Cadets.
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name7th Battalion, F 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 RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularLeft Australia with 1st Exp. Force as private. He was promoted to L'Cpl during voyage to Egypt - became a Corp. in Egypt and later a Sergeant. Took part in landing at Gallipoli on 25th April being wounded on that date. He was invalided to Egypt, returned to Gallipoli shortly afterwards and was promoted 2nd Lieut on gallantry on the field. He was fatally wounded on 11th July 1915 whilst rescuing comrades who had been buried by falling parapets. He died of wounds the following day and was buried at sea off Gaba Tepe.
FateDied of wounds 12 July 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 27), 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: Charles Arthur and Alice WALKER.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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