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Walter COMBS

Regimental number689
Place of birthSebastopol, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressCorack West via Donald, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation41
Height5' 6"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Combs, Corack West via Donald, Victoria
Previous military service4th West Australian Imperial Bushmen, South Africa.
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1914
Place of enlistmentDonald, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A26 Armadale on 12 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Place of death or woundingThe Nek, Gallipoli
Age at death42
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 6), 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
6
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Taken on strength 8th Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, 2 August 1915.

Missing, 7 August 1915; determined killed in action, the Nek, 7 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsRegimental number on NAA is 608
SourcesNAA: B2455, COMBS Walter

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