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John Robert SKINNER

Regimental number777
Place of birthManly, New South Wales
SchoolManly Superior Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Address7 Ashburner Street, Manly, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Skinner, 7 Ashburner Street, Manly, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Scouts, Cadets and Militia.
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 06-12 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli
Date of death6 August 1915
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 19), 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
38
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Clara SKINNER, Ashburner Street, Manly, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousins: No.378A Lance Corporal Oscar Skinner, 5th Machine Gun Battalion, who was died of general peritonitis at Meternich, Belgium on 21 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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