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Charles GAVIN

Regimental number220
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationEngine driver
Addressc/o Mrs S McKimmons, 20 John Street, Greenock, Scotland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 5.5"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinCousin, Sarah Gavin, John Street, Glasgow, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 27 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 58), 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
82
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Found guilty of being absent without leave from 12.00am, 9 March 1915, to 9.00pm, 14 March 1915: fined 20/-, docked 5 days pay (25/-) and confined to barracks for 3 days.

Found guilty of overstaying leave from 12.00am, 26 March 1915, to 6.00am 29 March 1915: fined 1 week's pay and leave stopped until further notice.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry held at Fricourt, 9 April 1917, pronounced fate 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GAVIN Charles

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