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Austin TURNER

Regimental number1421A
Place of birthBeeac, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressKareela High Street, Geelong West, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.5"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Turner, Kareela High Street, Geelong West, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 December 1914
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
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 Roll1421
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 50), 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
78
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Beeac Cemetery, Victoria.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 20 May 1915.

Reported ounded in action, 7 August 1915; no further information available.

Court of Enquiry, held at Serapeum, 6-8-28 April 1916, declared fate to be 'Killed in action, 7 August 1915'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2790604S, 1301 Sergeant I.G. ANDERSON, B Company, 15th Bn, 9 March 1916: 'Witness knew a man named Turner in the 15th Btn. He was in B Coy and came over with the 2nd Rfts. This man was wounded about the 8th August 1915 at a place called Hill 971. He received a bullet wound in the stomach. Witness was there and saw him on a stretcher. He looked bad then. He was taken away and witness does not know what became of him subsequently.'

Second statement, 1384 Pte E. RAHILL, B Company, 15th Bn, 3 May 1916: 'Informant states that casulaty was shot through the stomach on the 26th August, between 8 and 9 p.m. at Chocolate Hills near Suvla Bay, 2 miles to the left. Casualty was alive when informant saw him, although badly wounded. Casualty was carried to the beach and informant subsequently heard casualty was taken on Alexandria.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TURNER Austin
Red Cross File No 2790604S

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