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John WILLIAMS

Regimental number511
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
True NameWILLIAMS, John Joseph Hannaford
SchoolMacarthur Street State School No 2022, Ballarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressQueenstown, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles F Williams, 3 Holmes Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the 7th Infantry Regiment, Ballarat, Citizen Military Forces; discharged.
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentPontville, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 1 May 1915
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 35), 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
68
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 2 March 1915.

Wounded in action, 25-28 April 1915.

Died of wounds on board SS 'Mashroba', 1 May 1915; buried at sea.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILLIAMS John

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