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William Joseph BOUCHER

Regimental number25
Place of birthKangaroo, nr Bendigo, Victoria
Address14 Forest Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Height5' 7"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Boucher, 14 Forest Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military service2/8th Australian Infantry Regiment
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPTE (Batman)
Unit name7th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPTE (Batman)
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 18 August 1914
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 28), 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
49
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Listed on Buckley Street Methodist Church Sunday School Honor Roll ('For God and Conutry'), Soldiers Memorial Institute, Bendigo, Victoria.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Posted as missing in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, France, 5 June 1916, pronounces fate as 'Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOUCHER William Joseph

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