|Place of birth||Rimu, Southland, New Zealand|
|School||State School, New Zealand|
|Age on arrival in Australia||23|
|Age at embarkation||23|
|Next of kin||Brother, Neil McAra, c/o Bath & Sons, Yarra Street, Invercargill, New Zealand|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Childers, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||15th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/32/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on
|Regimental number from Nominal Roll||1360|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||15th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||24|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 47), 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
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|Parents: James and Janet McARA. Native of New Zealand|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli
Joined 15th Bn, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915.Admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 17 July 1915 (herpes); discharged to duty, 24 July 1915.
Reported missing, 8 August 1915.
Court of Enquiry, Serapeum, 6-8-28 April 1916, concluded: 'Killed in action, 8 August 1915.'Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, McARA James Monteith|