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Reginald FALKNER

Regimental number1959
Place of birthSemaphore, South Australia
SchoolPublic School, Glenelg, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o Mrs C Moraday, 30 Roe Street, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMother, Kate Falkner, Scarboro Street, Glenelg, South Australia
Previous military serviceRejected from enlistment in the Navy on account of being short sighted in one eye
Enlistment date4 March 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 26 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 35), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in St Jude's Church of England Cemetery, Brighton, South Australia. Name given on headstone as Reginald Hutchinson FALKNER. Parents: Samuel William and Eliza Catherine FALKNER, 68 Hector Terrace, Glenelg, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Freemantle on HMAT "Hororata" for Egypt, 26 April 1915.

Taken on strength of 12th Battalion from reinforcements, Gallipoli, 16 June 1915.

Reported missing in action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held on 5 June 1916 proclaimed fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915'. MSBV
SourcesNAA: B2455, FALKNER Reginald

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