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John Thomas QUAMBY

Regimental number347
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
Addressc/o H Quamby, 103 Campbell Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10.5"
Weight180 lbs
Next of kinFather, H Quamby, 103 Campbell Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military serviceMember for 8 months of Bathurst Rifle Club.
Enlistment date31 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBrighton, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 35), 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
67
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Reported wounded and missing, 25-28 April 1915.

Board of Enquiry, 5 June 1916, declared fate to be 'Killed in action, 25 April 1915'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2220505G, 301 Pte A.W. SINGLETON, 12th Bn, 1st Australian Division Base Depot, France, 23 July 1916: 'Whilst going ashore at Anzac, Gallipoli, on the day of the landing (25th Apl 1915) my mate saw Pte. Quamby get hit half an inch below the right eye, and after being hit he stood up in the boat. He was bleeding very freely from his wound, and shortly afterwards fell down in the bottom of the boat. Afterwards we cannot say for certain that he is dead.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, QUAMBY John Thomas
Red Cross File No 2220505G

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