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William James PEARSON

Regimental number1746
Place of birthLiverpool England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSteward
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Pearson, 116 Breck Road, Annfield, Liverpool, England
Enlistment date19 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 19 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 16 October 1915
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 64), 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
89
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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