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John Thomas BRIDESON

Regimental number167
Place of birthCamooweal, Queensland
SchoolCamooweal State School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStockman
AddressDaphne, Excelsior Parade, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinW T Brideson, Daphne, Excelsior Parade, Marrickville, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRandwick, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateDied of wounds 14 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death14 May 1915
Age at death19.9
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 13), 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
28
Family/military connectionsUncle: 57 Stanley Wesley BRIDESON, 4th Light Horse, killed in action, Lone Pine, Gallipoli, 22 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Moascar, 28 March 1915(measles); transferred to Base Details, Abbassia, 14 May 1915.

Taken on strength, 1st Bn, Gallipoli, 7 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 13 May 1915 (gun shot wound, abdomen); died of wounds on board HS 'Gascon', Gaba Tepe, 1.20 am, 14 May 1915.

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

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