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Regimental number498
Place of birthHoward, Queensland
Other NamesDavid Peter
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address50 Douglas Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
Next of kinFather, P McKenna, PO, Howard, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 6 years in the Wylestray Volunteer Regiment: time expired.
Enlistment date31 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 6-9 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 15), 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
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 595 Corporal Francis Michael McKENNA, 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery, returned to Australia, 17 March 1917; 1523 Pte Henry Francis McKENNA, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 17 March 1916; 1401 Pte Patrick McKENNA, Australian Employment Company, returned to Australia, 5 March 1919; 24458 Lance Corporal Hamilton Joseph McKENNA, 2nd Bn, Grenadier Guards, British Army, killed in action, 3 September 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined 1st Bn, Gallipoli, 3 June 1915.

Wounded in action, 19 May 1915.

Killed in action, 6-9 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA B 2455

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