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William Richard WARD

Regimental number2054
Place of birthWagga Wagga, New South Wales
SchoolGeraldton State School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShearer
AddressElwes Street, Geraldton, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 4"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, Richard Ward, Elwes Street, Geraldton, Western Australia
Enlistment date18 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 February 1915
Place of enlistmentGeraldton, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 26 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Date of death incorrectly entered on Nominal Roll as 8 May 1915.
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death21
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: Richard and Mary Ann WARD.
Family/military connectionsCousins: 5457 Pte Richard Henry WARD, 16th Bn, killed in action, 31 August 1916; 6842 Pte William Francis WARD, 16th Bn, killed in action, 8 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WARD William Richard

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