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Regimental number623
Place of birthOrmondville, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
SchoolPublic School, Wairoa, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia20
AddressNewcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 11.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Lake Falconer, Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Previous military serviceServed in Wairoa HB School Cadets and Huramua Mountain Rifles, New Zealand.
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentKensington, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*date of fate 6-9/8/15
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
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.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Lake and Elizabeth FALCONER, Riwaka, Nelson, New Zealand. Native of Wairoa, Hawkes Bay. 17
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney on HMAT "Suffolk" for Egypt, 18 October 1914.

Emarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 25-28 April 1915 (shrapnel wound, right thigh).

Admitted to 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, 30 April 1915; to 1st Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 26 May 1915; to Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 16 June 1915; embarked Cairo for Gallipoli, 17 July 1915; rejoined unit, Gallipoli, 27 July 1915.

Reported missing in action, Gallipoli, 7-14 August 1915.

Board of Enquiry, 24 August 1915, pronounced fate as 'Killed in action, Gallipoli, 6-9 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FALCONER Lake

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