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William Reginald HARRIS

Regimental number1484
Place of birthHascenere, Surrey, England
SchoolRyde House Commercial School, Ripley, Surrey, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height6' 1"
Weight174 lbs
Next of kinMrs Harris, Fryleigh Hotel, Haselmere, Surrey, England
Previous military serviceServed in the 4th Queens Regiment, West Surrey
Enlistment date29 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name3rd Battalion, H Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularArrived in Australia on 8 November 1912
FateKilled in Action 07-12 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death12 August 1915
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 19A), 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
36
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Jane HARRIS, Fryleigh, Haslemere, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 19 May 1915; admitted to 16th Stationary Hospital (bullet wound, head), Mudros, 30 May 1915; released fit for duty, 1 June 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 7-12 August 1915.

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

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