|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Townsville, Queensland|
|School||State School and Brisbane Grammar School, Queensland|
|Other training||Fellow of the Queensland Institute of Accountants|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Occupation||Secretary and Manager, Fish Market Board|
|Address||Leswell, Chelmer, Brisbane, Queensland|
|Age at embarkation||34|
|Next of kin||Brother, John K Cannan, Solicitor, Brisbane, Queensland|
|Previous military service||Served as Citizen Military Forces, Brisbane, Queensland (Lieutenant, 9th Regiment, 9 January 1904; Captain, 9th Regiment, 24 September 1917; Captain, 8th Regimebnt, 14 October 1912)|
|Rank on enlistment||Captain|
|Unit name||15th Battalion, D Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/32/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Gallipoli, Turkey|
|Age at death||34|
|Age at death from cemetery records||35|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The 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
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|Parents: John and Elizabeth CANNAN|
|Family/military connections||Brother: Brigadier General James Harold Cannan CB CMG DSO Croix de Guerre, 11th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, returned to Australia, 22 August 1919.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli
Embarked Egypt to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.
Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 1 June 1915 (tonsilitis); transferred to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 6 June 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 12 June 1915.
Granted temporary rank of Major, 11 July 1915.
Reported wounded and missing, 7 August 1915, and reverted to rank of Captain.
Now, 20 February 1916, 'known to be Killed in Action, 8 August 1915'.
Note on file: 'Report of Prin. Chaplain: If Buried, done by Turks. on Abdul Rahman Ridge, Gallipoli Penin.'
Statement, Red Cross File No 06811021, 1901 Pte W. BAILEY, 15th Bn (repatriated prisoner of war), 16 March 1919: 'I was obseving with him from the beginning of the movement on August 6th until his death. On August 8th. during the attack on Hill 971, he was shot in the chest, left side. I bandaged him up snd saw that he was dead and left him. He must have been killed instantly.'
Second statement, 2153 Pte W.J. KEMP, 15th Bn (patient, Rest Camp, Mudros), 16 November 1915: 'Informant states that the Major is a prisoner of war as he was seen to be taken on Aug. 8th at Hill 971.'Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, CANNAN Douglas Herman
Red Cross File No 06811021