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Gordon FINK

Regimental number674
Place of birthSouth Yarra, Victoria
SchoolThe Grange, South Yarra, Camden, East St. Kilda, Victoria
Other trainingLLB, Melbourne University (Barrister and solicitor)
ReligionJewish
OccupationSolicitor
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7.25"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinFather, Theodore Fink, 352 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed as a Gunner and Lieutenant in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date28 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death2 May 1915
Age at death31
Place of burialNo known gave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 53), 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
79
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Theodore and Kate FINK, Lansell Road, Toorak, Victoria. Native of South Yarra.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 33148 Bombardier Thorold FINK, 10th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 14 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

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

Reported missing in action, Gallipoli, 2 May 1915.

Reported killed in action, Gallipoli, 2 May 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FINK Gordon

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