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Russel William GIBSON

Regimental number260
Place of birthHay, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, Hay
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
AddressHarden, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinFather, Robert Gibson, Harden, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the cadets for 8 years and 1 year in the light horse
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRosebery Park, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 1), 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
2
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Isabella GIBSON, East Street, Harden, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsNil
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GIBSON Russel William

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