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Percy William VENNING

Regimental number965
Place of birthQuorn, South Australia
SchoolPinnaroo Public School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressQuorn Street, Pinnaroo, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Venning, Pinnaroo, South Australia
Previous military serviceMember, Rifle Club, for 4 years.
Enlistment date29 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 28 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death20.7
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 33), 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
60
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Margaret Georgina VENNING, Pinaroo, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Wounded in action, 25 April 1915.

Died at sea on board HMT 'Galeka' of wounds received in action.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, VENNING Percy William

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