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Regimental number482
Place of birthJondaryan, Queensland
SchoolState School, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationStation hand
AddressPechey, Crow's Nest, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 11"
Weight176 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Gavin, Pechey, Crow's Nest, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingArmentieres, France
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. 39), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary GAVIN, Argyle Street, East Toowoomba, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1566 Pte George GAVIN, 5th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 1 January 1919; 2341 Gunner John Joseph GAVIN, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 14 January 1919; 3261 Pte Patrick Joseph GAVIN, 5th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 28 June 1919; 3262 Pte Stephen GAVIN, Australian Mounted Division Train, returned to Australia, 10 July 1919.;
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne on board HMAT 'Wandilla', 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, Ferry Post, 29 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Father requested the following inscription on his son's headstone: 'A sorrowing people cried aloud,/That they were of a hero proud./He helped to build his country's name./And died in bringing her to fame.' Base Records replied, 1 July 1925, pointing out that the inscription of 'considerably over 100 letters' exceeded the maximum of 66 letters (including spaces), and suggested that an alternative inscription be considered, given the difficulty of abbreviating what had orginally been proposed. Father wrote to Base Records, 14 July 1925, suggesting the words: "Though nothing can the loss replace A dear one taken from our side. Rest in peace".' On being informed that this still exceeded the maximum permitted, he replied, 3 July 1925: '... the following inscription will do: "Though nothing can the loss replace/A dear one taken from our side".'
Miscellaneous detailsAge entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as 39.
SourcesNAA: B2455, GAVIN James

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