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William MIDDLEBROOK

Regimental number618
Place of birthKernot, Victoria
SchoolSt Helier
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressKernot PO, Kernot, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Kernot, Victoria
Enlistment date11 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

Letter enclosed from Pte J. Duxbury, Heliopolis, 11 August 1915: 'Billy Middlebrook, who worked on the channels with Tom, got killed the other day. He & I were carrying water, two tins each, when a shell burst just behind us. The force of it knocked me down, but I was not hit. Poor old "Bill" was hit with four pieces. One piece went in at his back and came out at his stomach. He only lived nine hours.' (details from sister)

FateDied of wounds 29 July 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death21
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 42), 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
73
Family/military connectionsCousin: 1032 Corporal Stanley Stuart SMITH MM, 2nd Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 13 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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