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John William HARNEY

Regimental number829
Place of birthRockhampton, Queensland
SchoolState School
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressGladstone And West Streets, Rockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height6' 0.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Anne Harney, Gladstone and West Streets, Rockhampton, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets; served for 2 years in the Australian Corps of Signallers
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, G Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 13 June 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death13 June 1915
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 31), 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
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2268 Pte Edward Joseph HARNEY, 25th Bn, 30 January 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Brisbane, 24 September 1914.

Promoted lance corporal, 19 January 1915.

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

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 3 June 1915; died of wounds, 13 June 1915, Hospital Ship 'Sicilia'; buried at sea, 14 June 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARNEY John William

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