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Robert HOWARD

Regimental number565
Place of birthCoomora, Queensland
SchoolPublic State School
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSawyer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 7"
Weight180 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs W J Foxwell, Coomera, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 6 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death6 August 1915
Age at death39
Age at death from cemetery records39
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 21), 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
40
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Maria HOWARD. Native of Coomera, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Admitted to No. 17 General Hospital (gun shot wound, shoulder), Gallipoli, 1 May 1915; embarked Alexandria for the Dardanelles, 2 June 1915; rejoined 4th Bn, Gallipoli, 12 June 1915.

Appointed lance corporal, 5 August 1915.

Reported wounded and missing, Gallipoli, 6-9 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 22 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 6-9 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOWARD Robert

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