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William Michael COONAN

Regimental number673
Place of birthDardanup, Western Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMill hand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Shipworth, Dardanup near Bunbury, Western Australia
Enlistment date11 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A52 Surada on 17 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 17 November 1914 - 10th LM 1st reinfrocements; taken on strength 10th LH 1 August 1915.
FateKilled in Action 29 August 1915
Place of death or woundingHill 60, Gallipoli
Age at death27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 10), 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
7
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 5830 Pte John Thomas COONAN, 28th Bn, killed in action, 4 October 1917; 672 Pte Marcus John COONAN, 10th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 29 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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