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Edwin Robert GIBSON

Regimental number1470
Place of birthLeeming, near Bedale, Yorkshire, England
SchoolSecondary School, Jarrow on tyne, England
Age on arrival in Australia22
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCopper Smith
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 8"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinFather, Robert Gibson, Hebburn on Tyne
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Royal Naval Volunteers.
Enlistment date13 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 October 1914
Place of enlistmentKerang, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 21 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be Edwin Robert Gibson on NR
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death21 August 1915
Age at death26.11
Age at death from cemetery records26
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: Robert and Marie GIBSON, Shildon House, Frobisher Street, Hebburn-on-Tyne, England. Native of Leeming, Yorks
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Evacuated (gun shot wound, upper extremities) on 'Dongola', 3 May 1915; tranferred to 'Letitia', 6 May 1915; admitted to No. 1 General Hospital, Edgbaston, England, 20 May 1915; embarked to rejoin unit, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 21 August 1915.

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

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GIBSON Edwin Robert

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