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Joseph STRATFORD

Regimental number1179
Place of birthGoolmangar, Richmond River, New South Wales
SchoolGorenellabah Public School, Richmond River, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o Mrs A Stratford, Lismore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice Stratford, Lismore, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as Sergeant in the Scottish Rifles.
Enlistment date9 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularStated by eye witnesses to be first Australian ashore on Gallipoli.
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 31), 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
57
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Alice STRATFORD, Conway Street, Lismore, New South Wales. Native of Goolmangar, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, STRATFORD Joseph
Red Cross File No 2650305L

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