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Charles Coning DALE

Date of birth21 July 1894
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
Other trainingJunior and Senior Examinations, University of Melbourne.
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSoldier
Address'Cattleton', Davis Street, Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 8.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Dale, 595 Canning Street, North Carlton, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed as Lieutenant, Citizen Military Forces; 3 years' training at Royal Military College, Duntroon.
Enlistment date3 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A16 Star of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 5), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
8th Light Horse Regiment
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Promoted Adjutant, 28 June 1915, and transferred to Headquarters Staff.

Reported missing, 7 August 1915.

Board of Enquiry subsequently declared fate to be 'Killed in action, 7 August 1915'.

Memo on file, Lt Colonel L.C. MAYGAR, OC, 8th Light Horse Regiment: 'This officer joined the regiment from the Royal Military College, DUNTROON, on 3.11.14. He was made a troop leader and went through all operations of the Regiment up to 28.6.15 in that position. On that date he was made Adjutant and proved most efficient and reliable in all capacities. He met his death by his Colonel's side leading the charge of the 8th L.H.R. on the NEK at WALKER'S RIDGE. A most capable and popular Officer with all ranks. This officer showed excellent qualities, ability, and promise, and by his early death the Service and the Commonwealth suffered a great loss.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DALE Charles Coning

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