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William George Gladstone FITZGERALD

Regimental number254
Date of birth7 November 1893
Place of birthGladstone, South Australia
SchoolAuburn Primary School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTeamster
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8"
Next of kinUncle, George Fitzgerald, Auburn, South Australia
Enlistment date20 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A10 Karroo on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollTrooper
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 29 August 1915
Place of death or woundingHill 60, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey
Date of death29 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
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
Family/military connectionsCousin: Private Walter James FITZGERALD, Regimental No. 3496, 10th Battalion, returned to Australia 5 April 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 11 February 1915.

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

Reported missing in action, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 26 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FITZGERALD William George Gladstone

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