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Stewart Parnell VAGG

Regimental number1392
Place of birthBooligal, New South Wales
SchoolAt home in Hay
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressJ. Vagg, Booligal, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinJ Vagg, Maxwell Braes, Booligal, New South Wales
Enlistment date31 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 30 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death30 April 1915
Age at death21
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 21), 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
Family/military connectionsFirst cousins: 292 Pte John KISSICK, 4th Light Horse Regiment, died of wounds, 25 June 1915; 1148 Pte Allan LINDSAY, 7th Bn, killed in action, 8 May 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Statement, Red Cross File No 2810505L, 1303 Pte J. BELL, B Company, 1st NSW Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 May 1916: 'Witness states that he saw Vagg badly wounded on the 27th April, and carried him down to the Beach. Was shot in the side. Mortification had set in and his case was regarded as hopeless at the time. Heard that he died shortly afterwards. Knew Vagg ever since joined at Randwick, N.S.W. Was in the same tent, joined 29th Aug., 1914. Was very dark. Young, about 23 to 24, about 5 ft. 7 ins. Was in B. Coy.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesRed Cross File No 2810505L

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