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Nicholas Thomas COSGROVE

Regimental number903
Place of birthLyell, New Zealand
SchoolPublic School, Dalmorton
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationEngine driver
AddressRadnor, Mona Road, Darling Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 10"
Weight159 lbs
Next of kinMiss M J Cosgrove, Radnor, Mona Road, Darling Point, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
No details of embarkation for HQ and A-H Companies entered on Embarkation Roll.
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli, turkey
Age at death35
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 7), 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.

Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Mary COSGROVE. Native of Wellington, New Zealand
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 May 1915.

Promoted Corporal, 23 June 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, 1 August 1915.

Reported missing, 6-12 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field in France, 5 June 1916, declared fate to be 'Killed in action, 6-12 August 1915'.

Erroneous report, Red Cross File No 0810411F: 'Died of wounds, 12 August 1915, on board HS 'Sicilia'. Buried in Chatby Cemetery, Alexandria. Grave 2222.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COSGROVE Nicholas Thomas
Red Cross File No 0810411F

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