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William John MORRICE

Regimental number957
Place of birthCooma New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressDalgety, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMary Alice Morrice, Dalgety, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
No details of embarkation for HQ and A-H Companies entered on Embarkation Roll.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 April 1915
Date of death26 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records19
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 20), 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
Commemorated on the gates to St Paul's Anglican Church, Cooma, New South Wales: 'Erected by the Old Boys of the Manaro Grammar School to the Memory of their Comrades who fell in the Great War 1914-1918.' Parents: William and Mary Alice MORRICE, Murranumbla, Dalgety, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4784 Pte Glen Heriot MORRICE, 53rd Bn, killed in action, 1 September 1918; Cousins: 1527 Pte Maurice CHAPMAN, 17th Bn, killed in action, 27 August 1915; Staff Nurse Nellie Rain Morrice CHAPMAN, Australian Army Nursing Service, returned to Australia, 20 July 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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