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Percy Bridges BALLARD

Regimental number639
Place of birthEastbourne, Sussex, England
Other NamesBOWMAN
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSurveyor
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8.75"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinMrs Henessey, Oriental Club, Hanover Square, London, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Behar Light Horse in India for 5 years.
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name12th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 35), 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
65
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
See BOWMAN, the true family name. Town: Melbourne, Victoria. Parents: Mary and the late Percy BOWMAN, 208 Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, England. Native of Ireland.~
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 2 March 1915.

Wounded in action, Dardanelles, between 25 April 1915, and 28 April 1915.

No trace of Private Ballard found in England, and now, 20 November 1915, posted as 'Wounded and Missing, Anzac, between 25 April 1915, and 28 April 1915'.

Court of Enquiry, France, 5 June 1916, pronounces fate as 'Killed in Action, Anzac, 25 April 1915'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 0210803E, 545 Lance corporal H.C. PITCHER, 12th Bn (patient, Ghain Tuffieha, Malta), 17 February 1916: 'On April 25 shortly after they landed at Anzac, he got shot in the the mouth at the foot of Shrapnel Gully where there would have been no chance of his falling ito the hands of the Turks. Informant believes he was in hospital in Manchester.'

Second statement, 250 Pte E.W.S. LUCAS, B Company, 12th Bn (patient, All Saints Hospital, Malta), 19 January 1916: 'He was badly wounded the first day. He had been court martialled and had had his stripes taken away. He had been at Sandhurst and in India. He is now in England, and witnss heard he had received a commission. He knew him well; was in D Coy and joined in Western Australia.'

Third statement, 531 Pte BROWN, A Company, 12th Bn (patient, Ras el Tin Convalescent Home, Alexandria), 1 April 1916: 'Witness was originally in C. Coy to which Percy Ballard belonged. Ballard enlisted in September 1914 at Morphetville, South Australia, and having been in the army before, he became a Sgt straight away. He lost his rank, however, in January 1915. He was wounded in the face on April 25th and witness both saw and spoke to him after he had been wounded. He did not appear to be badly wounded. Witness never saw him again, though he hear a report that he had gone to England.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSecond given name incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Bridge.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BALLARD Percy Bridges
Red Cross File No 0210803E

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