Regimental number1262
Place of birthManly, New South Wales
Other NamesSACLIER, Felix David
SchoolFort Street Public School, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationStation hand
AddressStores, Supply Department, Young Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6.75"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFather, Louis Felix Saclier, Government Stores Department Young Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Junior Cadets (Old Establishment) and Naval Cadets.
Enlistment date16 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 22 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death19.8
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 63), 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: Louis and Fannie SACLIER, 'Aranui', 11 Silex Street, Mosman, New South Wales, Mosman, New South Wales. Native of Manly
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Reported missing, 21-25 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held at Tel el Kebir, 21 January 1916, concluded 'Reasonable to suppose dead (KIA).'

Statement, 1185 Pte O.A. HELLYER, D Company, 18th Bn, 10 May 1916: 'Witness was with Saclier's best "cobber", Splinter Doyle, when he went to make enquiries at Bn. H.Q. within a week of 22nd. Aug. As the result of his enquiries he was told that Saclier was dead as the result of being shot through the head.'

Second statement,1133 Pte C.B. BROWN, D Company, 18th Bn, 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 10 May 1916: 'Saclier and witness were lying side by side during the charge at Hill 60, Anzac, early on Sunday morning, 22nd. Aug. A shot came along and Saclier simply doubled up and appeared to die immediately. He was a little fellow, quite young, and was in the 15th Platoon, D. Co. Witness knew him quite well.'

Letter, Base Records to Mr L. Saclier (father), 30 October 1916, stated that it was not possible to issue a formal death certificate, but that the fact of death was established, not least by the fact that Pte Saclier's name had not appeared on any list of prisoners of war, and in light of the statement by 1257 Corporal J.V. PARRY, D Company, 18th Bn: 'Witness says he saw Saclier shot by a bullet during the engagement on Sunday morning, 22nd August, 1915, while they were lying down in the bushes under cover not far from the Turkish trench. He died in [the] course of a few minutes. He was shot somewhere in the chest. He was quite near witness and was unconscious after being hit. His body was not brought in.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SACLIER David
Red Cross File No 24001108