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John Leslie CONNOR

Regimental number115
Place of birthColeraine, Victoria
SchoolColeraine State School, Hamilton College, and Ormond College, Melbourne
Other trainingMining Engineer
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMining engineer
AddressColeraine, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, Dr S Connor, Coleraine, Victoria
Previous military service84th Infantry
Enlistment date7 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A16 Star of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Place of death or woundingWalker's Ridge, Gallipoli, Turkey
Age at death30
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 5), 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
6
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Coleraine Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: Dr Samuel (d. 28 September 1927, aged 66; bu. Coleraine) and Florence (d. 11 September 1942, aged 84) CONNOR, 'Fintona', Coleraine, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: Captain Joseph Ivan CONNOR, AAMC, Australian representatiive on the Medical Research Committee appointed by Imperial Government, returned to Australia, 23 September 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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