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Sydney Davenport GILLAM

Regimental number618
Place of birthTenterden, Western Australia
SchoolCranbrook State School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressCranbrook, GSR, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 8.25"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinFather, J P Gillam, Cranbrook, GSR, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 November 1915
Place of enlistmentGuildford, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A52 Surada on 17 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Horse Regiment
FateDied of wounds 29 August 1915
Place of death or woundingHill 60, Gallipoli, Turkey
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 10), 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
7
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Florence GILLAM. Native of Tenterden, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 655 Trooper Hubert Evelyn GILLAM, 10th Light Horse Regiment, died of wounds, 29 August 1915; 1826 Pte Jack Clifford GILLAM MM, 44th Bn, returned to Australia, 1 July 1919; Cousin: 1825 Pte Charles Thomas GILLAM, 44th Bn, died of wounds, 3 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Freemantle, 17 February 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Admitted to hospital (measles), Gallipoli, 4 July 1915; returned to duty, 15 July 1915.

Wounded in action (shrapnel wound, arm and forehead), Gallipoli, 29 August 1915; died of wounds, 16th Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILLAM Sydney Davenport

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