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Raymond Thomas WATTS

Place of birthWarracknabeal, Victoria
SchoolWarracknabeal State School, Victoria
OccupationElectrical engineer
AddressBurnlea, Brim, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Alfred Watts, Burnlea, Brim, Victoria
Previous military serviceJoined the force at Ballarat some years before enlisting voluntarily.
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name6th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 10 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 25), 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
48
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Warracknabeal Cemetery, Victoria.
Family/military connectionsStep-Brother: 6378 Pte Harold SPENCE, 50th Bn, killed in action, 25 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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