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Charles William GILROY

Regimental number2260
Place of birthHesleyside, Bellingham, Northumbria, England
Place of birthBellangham, England
SchoolBarrington School, England
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Gilroy, Crook Dean, Harle, Newcastle on Tyne
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 27 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be Charles Wiliam Gilroy on NR
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death27 August 1915
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 41), 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
72
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Annie GILROY, Cross House, West Woodburn, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Native of Bellingham, Northumberland, England
Family/military connectionsBrother: killed in flanders.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 1 August 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry held in the field, 6 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GILROY Charles William

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