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John Muller was 20 years old when he enlisted in Ballarat on 17th August 1914. He was single and living with his parents at 87 Grant Street, Ballarat East. He was a harness maker , and had worked for R. Morell of Main Road, Ballarat East for seven years. On the 24th July 1915 Private Muller received a serious shrapnel strike to the head. He suffered a compound fracture of the skull, and was taken to the beach by stretcher bearers and treated by the medical staff of the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station. He was taken aboard Hospital Ship Somali for movement to the larger hospitals at Alexandria in Egypt. He died at sea on 25th July 1915, and is buried at sea somewhere between Alexandria, Egypt, and Anzac Cove.
His name in inscribed on the Lone Pine Memorial at Gallipoli, Turkey. Tree No. 6, an elm, was planted by Miss Eileen Scott, a 'Lucas Girl' on 4th June 1917.