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Regimental number254
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
AddressClunes, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 6"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinBingham, Suburban Street, Clunes, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 12 years in the Black Watch and 2nd Highlanders
Enlistment date15 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 23 July 1915
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 24), 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.

Admitted to Hospital Ship 'Southland' (wounded right hip), Gallipoli, 8-12 May 1915; disembarked at Malta, 18 May 1915; transfered to Egypt, Hospital Ship 'Andania', 1 June 1915; embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli, 19 June 1915; rejoined 5th Bn, Gallipoli, 25 June 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station (compound injury, foot), Gallipoli, 18 July 1915; transferred to hospital ship, 18 July 1915; died of wounds, Hospital Ship 'Sicilia', 23 July 1915; buried at sea.

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

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