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Harold WHEELER

Regimental number2059
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address215 Mandurah Road, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 8"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Ernest Wheeler, 215 Mandurah Road, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Enlistment date13 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 February 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 26 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 57), 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
81
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2060 Pte Herbert WHEELER, 16th Bn, killed in action, 8 August 1915; 1555 Pte Roy WHEELER, 16th Bn, returned to Australia, 28 February 1919; 529 Pte Max WHEELER, 10th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 4 March 1919; 168 Pte Ralph WHEELER, 16th Battalion, returned to Australia 27 April 1919; 167 Pte Rex WHEELER, 16th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 December 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WHEELER Harold

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