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James William SKELLERN

Regimental number2211
Place of birthMow Cop, Cheshire, England
SchoolMill Street Weslyan Day School, Crewe, England
Age on arrival in Australia23
OccupationRailway clerk
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs M. Skellern, 139 Mill Street, Crewe, England
Previous military serviceNil.
Enlistment date7 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Karoola on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBorn 24 March 1888. Had ordinary day school education and won a Scholarship for a three year course at Secondary School. Became a clerk in the service of L.N.W. Rly Co, Crewes, England. In his liesure he studied and succeeded in gaining a pupil teacher's certificate. Decided to try his fortune in Australian and emmigrated alone.
FateDied of wounds 7 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli
Date of death7 August 1915
Age at death27
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 18), 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
Family/military connectionsNil.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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