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Oscar Donald Humfray HASSELL

Regimental number112
Place of birthAlbany, Western Australia
SchoolGeelong Grammar School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHillside, Albany, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinMr A Y Hassell, Albany, Western Australia
Previous military serviceWas Corporal in the Geelong Grammar School Cadet Corps.
Enlistment date5 October 1914
Place of enlistmentGuildford, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A47 Mashobra on 8 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was the seventh son of two old Pioneer Families; his Grandfather served in the Civilian Navy in the early twentys and came to Australia in 1837.' (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Place of death or woundingWalker's Ridge, Gallipoli, Turkey
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 10), 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
Commemorated (marble tablet, 'For God, King, and Country') in St George's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia. Parents: Albert and Ethel HASSELL. Native of Albany, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsA number of cousins. One killed at Gallipoli. One killed in France. Two returned wounded and one served in New Guinea.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Admitted to No 2 General Hospital, Mena, 29 March 1915 (bronchitis); discharged to duty, 6 April 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Killed in action, 7 August 1915.

Board of Enquiry, assembled at Russell's Top, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915, concluded 'no single individual of the 10th Regiment reached the Turkish trenches. Subsequent to the assault the enemy were seen deliberately firing on the wounded'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSecond given name incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Humphrey; father incorrectly listed as A.T. HASSELL.
SourcesNAA: B2455, HASSELL Oscar Donald Humfray

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