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Alexander MacLeay SANDERS

Regimental number1190
Place of birthRaleigh, New South Wales
Other NamesAlexander Macleay
AddressRaleigh Street, West Rocks, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 8"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinFather, W.G. Sanders, Pilot Station, Mcleay River, South West Rocks, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 October 1914
Place of enlistmentRosehill, New South Wales
Unit name1st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1213
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 6 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 15), 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
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 16 May 1915 (slight); admitted to No 1 Hospital, Lemnos, 21 May 1915; discharged to duty, 29 May 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 30 May 1915.

Reported missing, 6 August 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, France, 5 June 1916, concluded fate to be 'killed in action, 6 August 1915'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2410303D, 1060 Corporal C.F. BATES, A Company, 1st Bn (patient, Montazah Convalescent Home, Alexandria, Egypt), 11 May 1916: 'Sanders was killed by a bomb while in a Turkish Trench on Aug. 8th. Witness was about two yards away at the time, saw Sanders hit in the side and is of opinion that death must have been instantaneous. Later on witness saw Sander's [sic] dead body. Sanders came from Sydney, and witness who knew him well, is quite certain about his initials.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SANDERS Alexander MacLeay
Red Cross File No 2410303D

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