Athol Cluny MCPHERSON

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MCPHERSON, Athol Cluny

Service Number: 352
Enlisted: 15 August 1914, Prahran, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: "Nangeela" Casterton, Victoria, 1881
Home Town: Horsham, Horsham, Victoria
Schooling: Harrow & Wallacedale State Schools
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Bullet wound to heart, Gallipoli, 19 August 1915
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Plot II, Row B, Grave 13
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World War 1 Service

15 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 352, 5th Infantry Battalion, Prahran, Victoria
21 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 352, 5th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
21 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 352, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
19 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 352, 5th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Athol Cluny McPHERSON was born at "Nangeela" in Casterton, Victoria

His parents were Murray Bennett McPHERSON and Maria Eliza ANTILL - he was one of 8 children

He enlisted in Prahran, Victoria on 15th August, 1914 and embarked with the 5th Infantry Battalion, E Company on the ship Orvieto on 21st October, 1914 from Melbourne

Athol was Killed in Action due to a bullet wound to his heart on 19th August, 1915 and is buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery at Gallipoli

Inscription on his headstone reads:

"HE DIED IN THE DEFENCE OF THE FAITH"

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

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

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His brother Cyril Sutherland McPHERSON (SN 938) also served in WW1 and was badly wounded & not expected to live but survived and was invalided home in 1918

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