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William GASKELL

Regimental number83
Place of birthChorley, Lancashire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBrass moulder
Address31 Seacombe Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 3"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Gaskell, 31 Seacombe Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in Senior Cadets for 12 months.
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll85
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial, 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
46
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Wounded in action, date not recorded (left arm); admitted to No 1 General Hospital, Cairo, 1 May 1915; transferred to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 31 May 1915; discharged to Base Details ('fit for duty'), Zeitoun, 1 June 1915.

Rejoined Bn at Gallipoli, 17 June 1915.

Reported missing, 7 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held on 24 Aoril 1916, declared fate to be 'Killed in Action, 7 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GASKELL William
Red Cross File No 1140813I

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