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Arthur Wilson VEITCH

Regimental number157
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPaper miller
Address238 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs D W Veitch, 238 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 29), 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
52
Family/military connectionsFather: 158 Pte Donald VEITCH, 7th Bn, killed in action, 25 April 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Statement, Red Cross File No 2810911M, 187 Pte W.J. DAVIES, 7th Bn, 15 August 1916: 'Informant states that the above casualties [157 A.W. VEITCH and father, 158 D. VEITCH] were probably taken prisoner. They were behind a bush shooting at the advancing Turks on the 25th April. We were all withdrawn save a batch including the abovenamed casualties. Informant was sent back to the beach for ammunition. Informant is strongly of the opinion that the above were taken prisoners.'

Second statement, 155 Pte G. TRACEY, 7th Bn, 19 September 1916: 'They stuck together on the Peninsula and landed from the same boat from the transport Clan McGillivray on the 25th April and went up together with informant into the firing line. Informant spoke to them and then he got wounded on the same day. On returning to the Peninsula in June informant made enquiries about them and learnt from men whose names are unknown to him that both casualties were killed on the 25th.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesRed Cross File No 2810911M

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