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Douglas Clive HOBDEN

Regimental number580
Place of birthWaratah, New South Wales
SchoolWest Maitland Superior Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
Address30 Wallace Street, West Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, Richard Charles Hobden, 30 Wallace Street, West Maitland, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2.5 years in the 14th Infantry, Citizen Forces
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death20.10
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 16), 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
33
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Mary HOBDEN, 229 Livingstone Road, Marrickville, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousins: 119 Pte Raymond Robert George HOBDEN, 1st Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, 18 May 1915; 1123 Pte Noel Carlyle HOBDEN, 4th Bn, died of illness, 31 August 1915; 93 Pte Clarence Claude HOBDEN, 35th Bn, killed in action, 7 June 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Appointed sergeant, 20 September 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 May 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOBDEN Douglas Clive

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