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Arthur WAGSTAFF

Regimental number798
Place of birthTimaru, New Zealand
SchoolTimaru High School, New Zealand
ReligionNo religion
OccupationEngine driver
Address87 Pitt Street, Redfern, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, Thomas Wagstaff, Bracken Avenue, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand
Enlistment date11 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 29 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialNo known grave
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: Thomas and Beatrice M. WAGSTAFF
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Statement, Red Cross File No 2830107L, 1130 Pte L.G.EGUSS, D Company, 13th Bn, 23 February 1916: 'Wagstaff was killed on Monday, 26th April at Gaba Tepe. The Co. was sent across to hold another ridge on the extreme left of the line. While on the ridge, he was killed by a rifle bullet in the head. He died instantly.'

Second statement, 1174 Pte C.M. BYE, D Company, 13th Bn, 4 July 1916: 'Informant was in 16th Platoon of D. Company, and knew Wagstaff who came, he thinks, from New Zealand. He was always called "Waggy". He was about 5'6", dark. Private Lowe, who comes from Victoria, was in the 15th Platoon, D. Company, and was next to Wagstaff when he was killed in the Gully on 28th April.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesRed Cross File No 2830107L

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