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Francis Michael COSGRAVE

Regimental number60
Place of birthNorth Carlton, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarrier
AddressMaribyrnong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 6.5
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Cosgrave, 119 Victoria Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Previous military serviceJunior Cadets
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
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 RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 1 November 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 6), 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
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Admitted to No 2 Convalescent Hospital, Mena, Egypt, 7 April 1915 (shin splints); discharged, 12 April 1915.

Embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli, 16 May 1915; sick to hospital, Gallipoli, 21 October 1915; returned to duty, 28 October 1915; killed in action, Gallipoli, 1 Novemner 1915 (shrapnel).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COSGRAVE Francis Michael

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