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Regimental number1326
Place of birthSt Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolScotch Cololege, St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 8"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinMr A Gillespie, St Kilda, Victoria
Previous military serviceMember of a rifle club for 1 year
Enlistment date19 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 December 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 May 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be Robert Gillespie on NR
Place of death or woundingQuinn's Post, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death4 May 1915
Age at death39
Age at death from cemetery records33
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander and Margaret GILLESPIE, 168 Barkly Street, St. Kilda, Victoria
Family/military connectionsNephew: Sgt William Keith Gillespie.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Brisbane, 13 February 1915.

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

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 3 May 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 4 May 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILLESPIE Robert

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