Gavin MORTON

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MORTON, Gavin

Service Numbers: 1577, 2577
Enlisted: 5 January 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Oranges, SCOTLAND, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Macksville, Nambucca Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Perth Academy, Perthshire, Scotland
Occupation: Draughtsman
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on the Lone Pine memorial
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Perth (Scotland) Academy Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

5 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1
11 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1577, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
11 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1577, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Sydney
6 Aug 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2577, 3rd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Gavin Morton was educated at Perth Academy before emigrating to Australia.
The 3rd Battalion was among the first infantry units raised for the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War. Like the 1st, 2nd and 4th Battalions it was recruit-ed from New South Wales and, together with these battalions, formed the 1st Brigade.

The battalion was raised within a fortnight of the declaration of war in August 1914 and embarked just two months later. Gavin Morton enlisted on the 5th January, 1915, when living at Wollongong Road, Arncliffe, Sydney, New South Wales, and employed as a draughtsman. He embarked for Gallipoli on the 11th February 1915 on H.M.A.T Seang Choon.

The battalion proceeded to Egypt, arriving on the 2nd December. Gavin Morton would have joined the battalion between this date and the arrival at Gallipoli.

The battalion took part in the ANZAC landing on the 25th April 1915 as part of the second and third waves and served there until the evacuation in December.

In August the battalion took part in the attack on Lone Pine. Gavin Morton would have lost his life at some stage of this action. He was 28 years old.

This biography was written by students of Perth Academy, Perthshire, Scotland, and kindly donated to the Virtual War Memorial Australia.

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