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Ernest Alfred HEARLE

Regimental number444
Place of birthFremantle, Western Australia
SchoolBeaconsfield State School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFrench polisher
Address63 Bellevue Terrace, Beaconsfield, Fremantle, Western Australia
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Herbert J. Hearle, 63 Bellevue Terrace, Beaconsfield, Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed as Corporal Specialist Gun-layer, 11th Garrison Artillery, Western Australia.
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 August 1914
Unit name11th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 31 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 34), 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
62
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Herbert and Elizabeth HEARLE, 63 Bellevue Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia. Native of South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 816 Lance Corporal Herbert Frederick HEARLE, 3rd Machine Gun Company, killed in action, 6 May 1917; 7485 Pte Harry Joseph HEARLE, Army Provost Corps, effective abroad; 7989 Pte Charles Kenneth HEARLE, 51st Bn, returned to Australia, 12 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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