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Charles Darcy WRIGHT

Regimental number363
Place of birthGrays, Essex, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBarman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs C T Wright, Southfields, Orsett near Grays, Essex, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 September 1914
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 S.S. Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 32), 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
58
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles Thomas and Catherine Woodward WRIGHT
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked from Alexandria, 2 March 1915.

Reported as Missing in Action, Gaba Tepe. Fate confirmed as Killed in Action by Court of Inquiry held in France, 5 June 1916. 13 Sergeant R. COLVIN, Headquarters, Signals Section, 49th Bn, stated in evidence given at Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt: 'Wright and witness had gone for a drink of water on April 26th when they were sent off to act as signallers for the 10th Bn. They went together. Witness saw Wright up to 3 pm on April 26th, but has never seen him since. He must have been killed in the charge.'

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

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