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David Martin GILLIES

Regimental number893
Date of birth6 November 1879
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
SchoolDutton Park State School, Queensland
Addressc/o R G Gillies Printer, Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 11.5"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs T Gillies c/o Mrs Tunley, W J Stephens Estate, Wiltonleagh, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 October 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF15
Promotion date: 12 June 1915

FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Age at death35
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 43), 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: Thomas and Helen GILLIES, Ruth Street, South Brisbane
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Admitted to 17th General Hospital (shrapnel wound, left forearm, 'severe'), Alexandria, 1 May 1915; transferred to convalescent camp, Mustapha, 17 May 1915; embarked Alexandria to rejoin unit, 26 May 1915; rejoined 15th Bn, Gallipoli, 1 June 1915.

Promoted 2nd lieutenant vice Lieutenant Kessell invalided for over two months, 12 June 1915.

Reported wounded and missing, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 18 April 1917, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILLIES David Martin

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