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Gallipoli Album, May 1915
Gallipoli Album, May 1915
Welcome to the Gallipoli Album, May 1915.

As casualties lists from the Gallipoli Campaign became known in Australia from early May 1915, it became a practice to publish a photograph of individuals. These photographs were supplied by the families of the person on the casualty list. There were few photographs published in relation to the number of casualties listed. To give the extent of the human tragedy that unfolded, the photographs were extracted from the various newspapers and placed in this album. Each photograph is clearly identified to an individual and brief details are given as a short biography.

For a comprehensive listing of photographs in the album, see:

Gallipoli Album, May 1915, Contents

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Joseph STRATFORD
Joseph STRATFORD 
 

1179 Lance Sergeant Joseph STRATFORD, a 34 year old Labourer from Lismore, New South Wales. He enlisted on 5 October 1914 and was allotted to the 9th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement which embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914. STRATFORD subsequently was transferred to 9th Battalion, B Company and Killed in Action, 25 April 1915.

Stratford landed on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and, according to his Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau file, was killed attacking a Turkish machine-gun position after landing. Newpaper reports attributed Stratford as the first man ashore on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, however the claim was later questioned by the official historian Charles Bean, who wrote that Lieutenant Duncan Chapman, later killed at Pozieres in 1916, was most probably the first man ashore.