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Laurence Gerald FINN

Regimental number212
Place of birthPort Fairy, Victoria
SchoolXavier (Catholic) College, Kew, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
Address'Dura', Port Fairy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Finn, 'Dura', Port Fairy, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets.
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Place of enlistmentPort Fairy, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 30 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*given name two spellings Lawrence and Laurence
Place of death or woundingWalker's Ridge, Gallipoli
Age at death24
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Nora FINN, Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 25 February 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Reported missing in action, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915.

Reported killed in action, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FINN Laurence Gerald

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