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Ernest Alfred HEARLE

Regimental number444
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFrench polisher
Address63 Bellevue Terrace, Beaconsfield, Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 7.25"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinFather, Herbert J. Hearle, 63 Bellevue Terrace, Beaconsfield, Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the 11th Australian Garrison Artillery, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, West Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
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
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel No 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
Commemorated (marble tablet) in St John's Anglican Church, Fremantle, Western Australia. Inscription reads: 'To the glory of God. The Choir Vestry was erected A.D. 1922 in grateful memory of the men from this parish who gave their lives for God and King and Country in the Great War 1914-1919. "Their name liveth for evermore."' Parents: Herbert Frederick and Elizabeth HEARLE, 63 Bellevue Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia. Native of South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 7485 Pte Harry Joseph HEARLE, Australian Provost Corps, returned to Australia, 16 April 1920; 816 Lance Corporal Herbert Frederick HEARLE, 3rd Machine Gun Company, died of wounds, 6 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Wounded in action, 25 April 1915.

Reported wounded and missing, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.

Court of Enquiry held in the field, 10 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 25 April 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HEARLE Ernest Alfred

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