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Regimental number286
Place of birthRastrick, Brighouse, Yorkshire, England
SchoolChurch Schools, Rastrick, Brighouse, Yorkshire, England
AddressIllawarra Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 6.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinD Henson, 1 Providence Place, Rastrick, Yorkshire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 9 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death9 August 1915
Age at death34
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 21), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Barbara HENSON, 1 Providence Place, Rastrick, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney, 20 October 1914.

Found guilty, 24 December 1914, of being drunk, Mena, 23 December 1914: admonished.

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

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station and transferred to Fleet Sweeper (diarrhea), Gallipoli, 23 June 1915; admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 27 June 1915; admitted to Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 29 June 1915; transferred to Base Details, Zeitoun, 1 July 1915; embarked Alexandria to rejoin unit, Gallipoli, 20 July 1915; rejoined 4th, Bn, Gallipoli, 27 July 1915.

Appointed lance corporal, Gallipoli, 30 July 1915.

Wounded in action (gun shot wound, thigh), Gallipoli, 6 August 1915; admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915; died of wounds, Hospital Ship 'Dunluce Castle', 9 August 1915; buried at sea.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HENSON Fred

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