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David Edward LOHMAN

Regimental number908
Place of birthBomaderry, New South Wales
OccupationHam and bacon curer
Address29 Bosisto Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25.6
Height5' 4.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Eliza Lohman, 29 Bosisto Street, Richmond, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 March 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 3 May 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 13 September 1915 (dysentery and pleurisy); transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 19 September 1915; discharged to duty, 2 December 1915; rejoined Bn, Moascar, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 28 July 1916 (gun shot wound, left shoulder), and admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance; transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 29 July 1916; to 23rd General Hospital, Etaples, 30 July 1916; to England, 13 August 1916, and admitted to 1/5 Northern General Hospital, Leicester, 13 August 1916; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 30 October 1916; proceeded on furlough, 4 November 1916, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 16 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 March 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 20 April 1917.

Reported missing in action, 3 May 1917.

Court of Enquiry, 14 December 1917, concluded; 'Killed in action, 3 May 1917.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LOHMAN David Edward

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