Private Basil John Hooper

Gravestone of Private Basil John Hooper

Private BJ Hooper (OW1908) was a member of the 3rd Field Coy. of Engineers, and was killed in action at the landing on 25 April; the first OW to die at Gallipoli.

He was sitting with his rifle between his knees as the boat approached the shore, when a bullet passed through his temples, death being instantaneous. On leaving Wesley, for some time he was employed in a city music warehouse, and for three years later was working with his brother on a farm at Mooroopna.

First year at Wesley 1908
Personal information Called Brian by LA Adamson
Date enlisted 24/08/1914
Unit enlisted 7th Battalion - Service Number 378
Service details Shot in the head in boat. Service records put date at 25/26 April. Bean Vol 1 p.280 says 2nd Brigade on shore between 0530 and 0730, therefore assume 25 April.
Date of death 25/04/1915 - 20 years of age
Unit details 7th Battalion
Cemetery/Memorial place No 2 Outpost Cemetery - Row E Grave 11
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