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John Martin FISHER

Regimental number439
Place of birthBunyip, Queensland
SchoolSt Mary's Star of the Sea (Catholic) School, West Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address26 Errol Street, Footscray, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinAnnie Y Fisher, 26 Errol Street, Footscray, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 5th Australian Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentEssendon, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 9 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli
Date of death9 August 1915
Age at death24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 28), 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
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915 (bullet wound, right side).

Admitted to No. 2 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 1 May 1915; to convalescent depot, Helouan, 13 May 1915; discharged from Australian and New Zealand Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 27 May 1915; embarked Alexandria to rejoin unit at Gallipoli, 8 June 1915; rejoined 7th Bn, Gallipoli,13 June 1915.

Appointed lance corporal, Gallipoli, 10 July 1915.

Appointed acting corporal, Gallipoli, 5 August 1915.

Wounded in action, Lone Pine, Gallipoli, 8-9 August 1915 (bomb wound, left hand; gun shot wound, head).

Admitted 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, Gallipoli, 9 August 1915.

Died from wounds received in action, Hospital Ship "Gascon", 9 August 1915; buried at sea, Dardanelles, 9 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FISHER John Martin

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