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Thomas Douglas PARTRIDGE

Regimental number1648
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
SchoolBrighton Grammar School, Victoria
Other trainingBank Clerk
Age on arrival in Australia3
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMiner
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Height6' 0"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Rowland Partridge, Outer Crescent, Brighton, Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military service3 years Denior Cadets, Victoria
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Place of enlistmentKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 22 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records40
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 56), 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
80
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Douglas and Alice PARTRIDGE.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5401 Sapper Lancelot Wilfred Peyton PARTRIDGE, 2nd Tunnelling Company, returned to Australia, 3 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Reported wounded, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915; subsequently reported wounded and missing (no date).

Court of Enquiry held at Serapeum, Egypt, 6-8-28 April 1916, declared killed in action, 25 April 1915.

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

The deceased left behind a daughter, Daisy Anderson. The mother of the child, Miss Barbara Anderson of Garden Vale, Victoria, requested the deceased's war medals in trust of his daughter. The next of kin, Mr Partride, did not believe that this girl had any right to his medals at all. The medals and memorial plaque were given to Miss Barbara Anderson; his brother received the memorial scroll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, PARTRIDGE Thomas Douglas

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