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Regimental number1398A
Place of birthAmby, Queensland
SchoolState School, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressJondaryan PO via Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, M Spellacy, Jondaryan PO via Toowoomba, Queensland
Enlistment date3 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 13 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1398
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 27 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 49), 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: Michael and Margaret SPELLACY of Jondaryan, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother: 9637 Gunner James Walter SPELLACY, Field Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 13; Returned to Australia 1 May 1919.
Other details

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force on the Gallipoli Peninsula, 12 April 1915. Wounded in Action (Shrapnel wound to the back) 22 June 1915, he was transferred from 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station to St David's Hospital in Malta, and from there to the All Saints Covalescent Camp at Malta on 2 August 1915.

He rejoined his unit on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 August 1915.

Two days later he was posted as "Wounded and Missing".

His date of death was listed as 27 August 1915 by the Court of Enquiry.

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