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Thomas FOLEY

Regimental number1710
Place of birthHamilton, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
Other trainingNil
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPrinter
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 6.5"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinFather, Edmund Foley, Dimboola, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 December 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 21 August 1915
Place of death or woundingSuvla Bay
Date of death21 August 1915
Age at death38
Age at death from cemetery records38
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 41), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
72
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edmond and Ellen FOLEY. Native of Hamilton, Victoria
Family/military connectionsNil
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 25 February 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 May 1915.

Admitted to No. 1 General Hospital, Cairo, 27 June 1915 (rheumatism); embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli, 21 July 1915; rejoined 14th Bn, Gallipoli, 27 July 1915.

Reported wounded and missing in action, Gallipoli, 21 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 6 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 21 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FOLEY Thomas

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