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Philip Moon

Sergeant

8th Infantry Battalion

Killed In Action (KIA) Killed In Action

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • 1914-15 Star
  • Victory Medal

Tree Information

  • Species: Ulmus Sp.
  • Planted By: Miss E. Jones
  • Plaque: 10

Additional Info

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Biography

Philip Moon was 22 years of age, unmarried and employed as a painter when he enlisted in the 8th Infantry Battalion, and was posted to A Company. Sergeant Moon was left behind in Egypt when the Battalion sailed for Gallipoli Landing. He formed part of the skeleton administrative staff whose job it was to keep the resupply of ammunition, food and other items coming in at a steady and ordered manner. He was transferred back to his unit at Gallipoli on 26th May 1915. On 2nd June 1915 he was appointed Provost Sergeant. The tasks for Provosts on Gallipoli included guarding Turkish prisoners of war, and providing protection for the various HQs.
Sniping, bomb throwing and mortar and artillery barrages causing casualties and deaths were a normal part of life for those fighting at Gallipoli. No place on Gallipoli could be really called safe; casualties even occurred when the men went with organised swimming groups. Water was always in short supply on Gallipoli and a swim was better than the meagre personal washing and drinking ration. On the 19th June 1916 Sergeant Moon was killed by a sniper. He is buried in Shrapnel Green Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. Tree No. 10, an elm, was planted by Miss E. Jones, a 'Lucas Girl', on 4th June 1916.

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour