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Walter Lewis VINNICOMBE

Regimental number1836
Place of birthWilland, Devonshire, England
ReligionMethodist
OccupationSalesman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 9.75"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lucy Vinnicombe, 25 Church Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 27 July 1915
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 39), 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
71
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter and Lucy VINNINCOMBE, 25 Church Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined Bn at Gallipoli, 27 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 27 July 1915 (perforating wound, abdomen).

Died of wounds at sea on board HS 'Somali', 27 July 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as WINNICOMBE.
SourcesNAA: B2455, VINNICOMBE Walter Lewis

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