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John David EVANS

Regimental number546
Place of birthCynwyd, Merionekashire, Wales
SchoolCynwyd Elementary School and Bala county School, Wales
Age on arrival in Australia30
ReligionMethodist
OccupationNavvy
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinW Evans, Brynaber, Corween, North Wales
Previous military serviceHe belonged to Town Guard in Varson Town in Cape Colony, during the South African War. "He left his native country for South Africa when he was only 17 years of age. After a dig in .... and the Cape and Transvaal of six of seven years he came home and left again for Canada and the States, returning in the year, 1911. He then proceeded to Australia in the Autumn of 1912. He was one of five sons who served during the War." Details from Mother.
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentSIG
Unit name16th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death33
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 53), 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
79
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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