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Oliver HARRIS

Regimental number624
Place of birthGympie, Queensland
SchoolThe Southport School, Southport, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
AddressPound Hill, Gympie
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height6' 1.5"
Weight180 lbs
Next of kinJohn Harris, Pound Hill, Gympie
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years with the 1st Light Horse
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 August 1914
Place of enlistmentGympie, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 20 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Regiment
FateDied of wounds 17 May 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 2), 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
3
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Found guilty, 14 January 1915, of being absent without leave, Colombo, 13 January 1915: awarded 7 days extra duties.

Found guilty, 18 February 1915, of overstaying leave, Heliopolis, 17 February 1915: awarded 7 days confined to barracks.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915.

Died of wounds (gun shot wound, abdomen), Hospital Ship 'Gascon', 2.45am, 17 May 1915; buried at sea between Alexandria and Gallipoli.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARRIS Oliver

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