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Thomas Alexander McGUIRK

Regimental number911
Place of birthGoulburn, New South Wales
SchoolCrookwell Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressColchester Hall, Woodcourt Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Isabella McGuirk, Colchester Hall, Woodcourt Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Enlistment date28 June 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 August 1914
Unit name3rd Battalion E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
No details of embarkation for HQ and A-H Companies entered on Embarkation Roll.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWhat was his calling? 'To fight for his King & Country'.
FateDied of wounds 28 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death28 April 1915
Age at death23
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 20), 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
37
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 4282 Lance Corporal Alexander McGUIRK MM, 18th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 April 1919; 5738 Pte Jack McGUIRK, 1st Bn, died of wounds, 30 June 1918; Cousin: 7099 Pte John Michael Joseph WILLS, 13th Bn, killed in action, 8 August 1918. PTE, A McGuirk, BR, won the Military Medal.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname entered on Embarkation Roll as McQUIRK.

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