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Walter Ernest FOWLES

Regimental number920
Place of birthBulleen, Victoria
SchoolGlen Alvie State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressPO, Korumburra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 7"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Fowles, PO, Korumburra , Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Place of enlistmentKensington, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
No details of embarkation for HQ and A-H Companies entered on Embarkation Roll.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Date of death recorded as 7-12 August 1915.
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death9 August 1915
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 20), 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
36
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Frederick and Jane Charlotte FOWLES, Korumburra, Victoria. Native of Ballan, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1040 Gunner Herbert Arthur George FOWLES, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, killed in action, 2 June 1915; 319 Private Edward Francis FOWLES, 7th Battalion, returned to Australia, 3 February 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney, 20 October 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 19 May 1915 (gun shot wound, chest).

Admitted to No. 1 Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 4 June 1915 (influenza); rejoined 3rd Bn, Gallipoli, 10 June 1915.

Reported missing, 7-12 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, France, 5 June 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 7-12 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FOWLES Walter Ernest

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