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Jack Graham VIDGEN

Regimental number560
Place of birthCooktown, Queensland
SchoolBrisbane Boy's Central State School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressClerk Samford Road, Enoggera, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Arthur Richard Vidgen, Samford Road, Enoggera, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed as 2nd Lieut in 5th Battalion Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name15th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Spelt Jack Grahame Vidgen on NR
Place of death or woundingSuvla Bay, Gallipoli
Age at death19.3
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 43), 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
78
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Frances Josephine VIDGEN, Prospect Road, Enoggera, Queensland. Native of Cooktown, Queensland
Family/military connectionsCousin F B Campbell served.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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