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Robert Edgar WILLISON

Regimental number1197
Place of birthRockdale, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCommercial traveller
AddressRockdale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Willison, Hill Street, Kogarah West, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 18 months in the 38th Bn, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date23 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 September 1914
Place of enlistmentRosehill, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name1st Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1180
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records18
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 13), 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
31
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George WILLISON JP and Matilda WILLISON, 'Gwenville', Hill Street, West Kogarah, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 25-29 April 1915.

Found dead and buried, 24 May 1915.

Subsequently listed as 'Killed in Action'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WILLISON Robert Edgar

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