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John Ritchie FANNING

Regimental number1672
Place of birthFlinders Island, Tasmania
SchoolState School
Other trainingNil
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSeaman
Addressc/o C C Green, Solicitor, Esker, Bairnsdale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 6.75"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinJohn H Fanning c/o C C Green, Solicitor, Esker, Bairnsdale, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 30 April 1915
Place of death or woundingUnknown
Date of death30 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 37), 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
69
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Henry and Helen Ritchie FANNING, Sunnyside, Bairnsdale, Victoria. Native of Flinders Island, Tasmania. 37
Family/military connectionsNil
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney on HMAT "Seang Choon" for Egypt, 11 February 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Reported missing in action, Gallipoli, 30 April 1915.

Court of Inquiry held at Serapeum, 6-8-28 April 1915 pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 30 April 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FANNING John Ritchie

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