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William Locke HARRIS

Regimental number603
Place of birthMount Gambier, South Australia
SchoolWesley College, Adelaide, S.A.
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWool classer
Address156 Warry Street, Valley, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 7"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinWife, Ethel May Harris, 252 Glebe Road, Glebe Point, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 22nd September, 1914. Taken on Strength 15th Battalion, 29th September, 1914 Promoted to Corporal on 19th May, 1915.
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Locke spelt Loche
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 44), 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: Frederick and Sarah HARRIS, 16 Davis Avenue, South Yarra, Victoria; husband of E.M. HARRIS. Native of Macdonnell Bay. "Locke" is the spelling on Cemetery Details
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Found guilty, 4 November 1914, of improper conduct, Enoggera Camp, 4 November 1914: fined 5/- and reverted to ranks.

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

Appointed corporal, 19 May 1915.

Reported wounded and missing, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 6 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915'.

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

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