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Thomas Clouston STOKAN

Regimental number1099
Place of birthSouth Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolHawksburn State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
AddressElizabeth Street, Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinEva Stokan, Chapel Street, South Yarra, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the School Cadets, 31st Infantry Forces, Albert Park.
Enlistment date12 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name14th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was interested in Rifle Shooting and rose to the rank Col. Sergeant in the above then enlisted in the AIF. On the 27th August after a particular trying time in the trenches, he received orders to take twenty men and hold a position against the tanks, under heavy fire, nothing more was heard of them, the presumption being they were all killed by shrapnel.
FateKilled in Action 27 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 40), 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
74
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Jessie Victoria STOKAN. Native of Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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