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Leoffn Beresford MOURITZ

Regimental number17
Place of birthArmadale near Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolFiske's Academy, Surhiton, Surrey, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStockman
AddressKuyura, Dalby, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, Henry Joseph Mouritz, Box 121, P.O., Chicago, USA
Previous military serviceServed several years with South Africa's Mounted Police.
Enlistment date1 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board A15 Star Of England on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd a Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe left Aust for England in 1894 and returned to Australia in 1913. Was a first-class ornitholigist, and wrote several booklets on the birds of Rhodesia and was a member of the Rhodesian Scientific Assn, British Ornithologists Union and South Africa Ornithologists' Union.
FateKilled in Action 14 May 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Date of Fate unclear/Leofwin Beresford
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 2), 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
3
Family/military connectionsHad several cousins in the AIF.

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