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William Anthony DOBSON

Regimental number1535
Place of birthNewton Bexley near Stockton, England
SchoolNorth Eastern County School, Barnard Castle, England
Other trainingMedical College, Durham University, England
Age on arrival in Australia18
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Dobson, Ashbrook, Edgecliff , Durham England
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets at School.
Enlistment date10 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 07-12 August 1916
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death20.11
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 20), 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
36
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William John and jane Walker DOBSON, Ashbrooke, Eaglescliffe, Co. Durham, England. Native of Newton Bewley, Co. Durham

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