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Roderick Evan MORRISON

Regimental number1376
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
SchoolGlasgow High School, Scotland
Other trainingAccountant
Age on arrival in Australia34
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationStockman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35.9
Height5' 11"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Morrison, Ardoch, Partickhill Glasgow, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed for 5 years as a volunteer in the 5th Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Highlanders); time expired.
Enlistment date16 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 November 1914
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was an excellent shot, on several occasions being included in the Minto Cup Team. Always a great and discriminating reader, during his later years he devoted his studies chiefly to travel, geography and the publications of the Hakluyt Society. In 1913 he went to Australia to take up sheep farming.' (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death36
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 48), 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
77
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.

Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 5 May 1915 (conjunctivitis); discharged to duty, 6 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 18 May 1915 (neck wound); transferred to HS 'Franconia', 22 May 1915; rejoined Bn, 3 June 1915.

Reported missing, 8 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry, Serapeum, 6-8-28 April 1916, concluded: 'Killed in action, 8 August 1915.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MORRISON Roderick Evan

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