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John Alan REDFORD

Regimental number99
Place of birthMillicent, South Australia
Other NamesREDFORD, John Allen
SchoolPublic School, South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationTram conductor
Address20 Gosbell Street, Paddington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 6.5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinJohn Redford, Mt McIntyre, via Kalangadoo, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the South Australian Infantry Regiment; discharged on leaving the state.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRandwick, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name1st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 13), 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
30
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary REDFORD. Native of Millicent, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3160 Lance Corporal George Rees REDFORD, 55th Bn, returned to Australia, 25 January 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Reported missing, 2 May 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held at Tel el Kebir, 11 January 1916, concluded fate as 'Killed in action, 2 May 1915'.

Red Cross File No 2250801I, Miss Vera Deakin, Red Cross Society, to 3160 Pte G.R. REDFORD, 55th Bn, 5 April 1916: 'Trusting that the realization that he took part in the heroic landing and died fighting for his country will be of a little comfort to you.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, REDFORD John Alan
Red Cross File No 2250801I

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