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Walter Hiram CRAVEN

Regimental number711
Place of birthNoarlunga, South Australia
SchoolSt Peters College, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStudent
AddressNoarlunga, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, Walter Craven, Noarlunga, South Australia
Previous military serviceNaval Cadet, 1 year; Senior Cadet, 2 years; 78th Infantry, 1 year.
Enlistment date25 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 November 1914
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A52 Surada on 6 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularReported missing - no authentic information ever received
FateKilled in Action 26 April 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)The Nominal Roll gives the incorrect date of death. It should be 29 August 1915.
Place of death or woundingHill 60, Gallipoli
Age at death19
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 9), 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
7
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter and Lily CRAVEN, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915; adjutant unable to confirm if killed; Court of Enquiry held at Serapeum, Egypt, 26 April 1916 determined killed in action, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CRAVEN Walter Hiram

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