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Montague John Durnford PACEY

Regimental number439
Date of birth10 September 1890
Place of birthNebo, Queensland
SchoolMackay, Toowoomba and Brisbane State Schools, Queensland
AddressBowen Street, Wood End, Ipswich, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinStepfather, Mr A E Pacey, Bowen Street, Wood End, Ipswich, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed with the 14th Australian Light Horse Band, Toowoomba, and the 11th Australian Light Horse, Bowen, Queensland.
Enlistment date23 August 1914
Place of enlistmentIpswich, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentBugler
Unit name9th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollBugler
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 July 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death24.7
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 31), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Mother: Mary PACEY; stepfather: Arthur PACEY. Native of Nebo, North Queensland
Family/military connectionsFather: 2333 Pte Arthur Ernest PACEY, 2nd Remount Unit, returned to Australia, 29 April 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 2 March 1915.

Reported missing, Gaba Tepe, 25 April 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field in France, 5 June 1916, declared fate to be 'Killed in Action, 25 April 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PACEY Montague John Durnford
Red Cross File No 2070807O

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