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William Alexander GIBSON

Regimental number1266
Place of birthSt Mary's, Surrey
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 5.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMother, Emily Gibson, 83 Princes Road, Richmond, Surrey
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the 3rd Volunteer Battery, East Surrey Regiment and 4 years in the 6th Battery, East Surrey Regiment
Enlistment date30 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 October 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 3 May 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be William Alexander Gibson on NR
Date of death3 May 1915
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 22), 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
40
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Emily GIBSON, 83 Princes Road, Richmond, Surrey , England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 3 May 1915; buried in Shrapnel Gully.

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

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