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Cyril HUMPHREYS

Regimental number551
Place of birthDenbighshire, North Wales
SchoolChrist's Hospital School, London
Age on arrival in Australia34
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressBroken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 7.5"
Weight171 lbs
Next of kinRev. H. Humphreys, Henllan Rectory, Denbighshire, North Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 7 years in the Cape Mounted Rifles including service during the South African war
Enlistment date29 October 1914
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A10 Karroo on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 29 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death42
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 8), 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
7
Family/military connectionsHe had a brother Pte M J Humphrey 5109 who served with AIF in France 7th Batt.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Appointed corporal (provisional), 16 December 1914.

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

Appointed sergeant (provisional), Gallipoli, 1 August 1915.

Commissioned temporary 2nd lieutenant, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915; commission cancelled, 20 August 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 26 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HUMPHREYS Cyril

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