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Frederick Anthony BONE

Regimental number213
Place of birthInverell, New South Wales
SchoolThe Armidale School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation manager
AddressInverell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 8"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinFather, George S Bone, Inverell, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 29 May 1915
Place of death or woundingPope's Hill, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death29 May 1915
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialShrapnel Valley Cemetery (Plot III, Row E, Grave No. 14), Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
2
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
George Scobell and Eva Margaret BONE, Henderson Street, Inverell, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: Pte Robert Hayden BONE, 12th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 6 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915.

Killed in action, 29 May 1915.

Letter, Captain Spencer LAWRY, 6 June 1915: 'My dear Mrs Bone, It is with the very greatest regret I have to write you to tell you of the death of Anthony & to let you know how full of sympathy I am for you and Mr Bone. But you must console yourselves with the fact that he was doing his duty most gallantly when he was shot. We were supposed to be resting after our week in the trenches & were bivouaced down in the gully below the trenches, but we had to find working parties for the improving of the trenches in the different positions held by our troops. It fell to Tony's troop to be one of these working parties & their work was to have been on this position which the Turks had mined & blew up part of it just as tony and the rest of the troop arrived there. The Turks then rushed the position securing a foothold in our trenches & commenced throwing bombs. Tony & his troop then went to the assistance of our people & the next time he was seen he was standing up on the parapet, beyond the others, throwing bombs back at the Turks, & calling out to them to come out & fight, but he made too conspicuous a target of himself, which the Turks who are splendid shots, took advantge of & shot him through the heart & death was instantaneous ... He was a splendid soldier & had played his part magnificently all through his training, was very popular not only with his own fellows but with the officers & men of the regiment & every one felt his loss very much, myself especially, because he was so reliable & game as could be.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BONE Frederick Anthony

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