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John Edward Alex RANKIN

Regimental number633
Place of birthBourke, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School
Addressc/o Mrs Ware, Unley Road, Unley, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation37
Height5' 10"
Weight186 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Kate Ware, Unley Road, Unley, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death38
Age at death from cemetery records39
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 17), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Kate WARE (formerly RANKIN), Hill Street, Mitcham, South Australia, and the late Allan RANKIN. Native of New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Reported missing, 25-28 April 1915.

Court of Enquiry, 5 June 1916, declared fate as 'killed in action, 25 April 1915'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2240404G, 569 Sergeant E. JONES, E Company, 12th Bn (patient, 26th General Hospital, Etaples, France), 24 July 1916: 'Rankin was wounded in the back at the Anzac landing and was sent to a Malta hospital. He is believed to have died there.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RANKIN John Edward Alex
Red Cross File No 2240404G

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