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Regimental number1421
Place of birthDoncaster, Yorkshire, England
SchoolSt James School, Doncaster, England
Age on arrival in Australia22
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ramsbottom, 21 St Surthin's Terrace, Balby Road, Doncaster, England
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, British Army.
Enlistment date27 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 07-12 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 7), 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
Parents: Arthur and Mary RAMSBOTTOM, 21 Swithin's Terrace, Balby Road, Doncaster, England
Family/military connectionsCousin: David Frank Terry no. 22516, 27th Battery, 23rd Brigade, killed in France Oct. 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Statement, Red Cross File No 2230909P, 1088 Company Sergeant Major A.G. EDWARDS, 3rd Bn (patient, Ghain Tuffieha Hospital, Malta), 17 February 1916: 'Killed in charge August 6th. Is buried where he fell just beyond our lines. It is the duty of the Sgt. Major to see to the burying of the men.'

Second statement by EDWARDS (patient, 3rd Australian General Hospital, Cairo), 29 March 1916: 'Ramsbottom was killed at Lone Pine about August 10. He was killed in the trench. Witness saw his body removed from the trench for burial at Brown's Dip. Several bodies were buried together. Dean Talbot read the burial service over them as they were put into the ground. The burial was on August 11. Witness supplied this information to Ramsbottom's aunt some months ago in response to an advertisement in the Malta Chronicle. Witness had an extraordinary good memory and his evidence appeared especially good.'

Third statement,2448 Pte J. JONES, B Company, 3rd Bn, 21 July 1916: 'He [RAMSBOTTOM] landed at Gallipoli about 25th April, 1915 ... He was killed at the Lone Pine charge on August 8th, 1915. A mate of Informants stated to Informant that Ramsbottom had been shot in the head, and that he had been killed instantaneously ... Ramsbottom was very popular,and showed plenty of dash and pluck.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesRed Cross File No 2230909P

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