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Henry Albert GILL

Regimental number598
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
SchoolIntermediate School, Queen's College, Royal University of Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia24
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 10.5"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mary Agnes Gill, 102 Newtonards Road, Belfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was one of the best & one of the few - my liberal-minded large-hearted son. Without --- delay he went at the call of duty. His letters from the Dardanelles were always cheerful. The last we received from him was dated 30th July 1915 then he was reported missing from 8th August and in November we received a letter from a pioneer Sergt of the London Regiment who wrote how he had found my son and buried him and thinks he seemed to have had ----- [?] He was lying on his side and in his outstretched hand he held a copy of the New Testament. The book was officially forwarded to me. It was the book we had sent him with his name and home address written therein. The mark of his thumb is on the mouldering cover of the book. This is all that has come to me from him.' (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 46), 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
Family/military connectionsCousins: Gill, Tamworth, NSW; Gill, Emu Creek, Victoria.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Missing in action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915; Court of Enquiry held at Serapeum, 29 April 1916, pronounced his fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILL Henry Albert

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