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Lyndon Forrest PAGE

Regimental number1037
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
SchoolHutchins School, Hobart, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMelton, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, H A Page, Melton, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed as a Senior Cadet in 1911 and was a member of the team which won the first cadet competitions held amongst Tasmanian Battalions. He went on to represent Tasmania at the Interstate Cadet Competition held in Melbourne during June 1912. He was subsequently promoted to commissioned rank in Senior Cadets and was later transferred with the rank of Lieutenant to the 93rd Derwent Infantry Battalion.
Enlistment date19 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name26th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He was too young to obtain commission in the A.I.F. at outbreak of war so he enlistedas a private in the Tasmanian quota of the 26th Infantry Battalion. He was promoted to Corporal prior to embarkation and subsequently to Sergeant and Company Sergeant Major." (Mother: Henrietta Page of Mowbray, Tasmania).
FateKilled in Action 13 November 1916
Place of death or woundingFlers, France
Age at death19
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Harry and Henrietta PAGE, Melton Mowbray, Tasmania

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