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Gordon Wynne PARKINSON

Regimental number638
Place of birthBowen Hills, Brisbane, Queensland
SchoolTaringa near Brisbane, Queensland
ReligionCongregational
OccupationClerk
AddressHenssler Terrace, Auchenflower, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Samuel Parkinson, Henssler Terrace, Auchenflower, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date17 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWhen his body was found during the armistice May 31st 1915 his Captain D F Cannan A Co 15th Battalion wrote me a kind letter stating the he thought the world of Gordon and had he been alive then he would have received his Commission as second Lieutenant. (Father)
FateKilled in Action 30 April 1915
Place of death or woundingCourtney's Post, Gallipoli
Age at death23.8
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 17), 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
77
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Samuel and amy PARKINSON, "Myora", Gordon Street, Milton, Brisbane
Family/military connectionsOne cousin killed in action, one cousin wounded, another cousin wounded in France, died in England.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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