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George Leslie GILES

Regimental number2169
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationIronmoulder
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.75"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, Edward P Giles, 152 Holmes Street, East Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed as 2nd Lieutenant in the Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 September 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 14 July 1915
Date of death14 July 1915
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 25), 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 Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

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

Joined 6th Bn, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Wounded (gun shot wounds, head, body and legs), Gallipoli, 13 July 1915; died of wounds, Hospital Ship 'Gascon', 4.45am, 14 July 1915; buried at sea between Gallipoli and Alexandria, 14 July 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILES George Leslie

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