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Walter Bell FLETCHER

Regimental number445
Place of birthCockermouth, Cumnberland, England
SchoolPublic School
Age on arrival in Australia31
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressRailway Station, Traralgon, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 7.5"
Weight153.5 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Margaret Fletcher, Railway Station, Traralgon, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed 3rd Volunteer Battalion, the Border Regiment
Enlistment date11 September 1914
Place of enlistmentTraralgon, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, D Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 6 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death5 May 1915
Age at death37
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 41), 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
72
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Isabella FLETCHER; husband of Margaret Bryce FLETCHER, 137 Cochrane Street, Elsternwick, Victoria. Native of Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. 41
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 5 May 1915; buried at Military Cemetery, Monash Valley, 5 May 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FLETCHER Walter Bell

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