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Cyril Arthur GEDDES

Place of birthYea, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria Park, Western Australia
OccupationCivil servant
Address47 Fitzroy Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, J M Geddes, Fitzroy Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 7 years in the 86th Infantry (4.5 years as a private and NCO, 2.5 years as 2nd lieutenant)
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name16th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 23 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death3 May 1915
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 50), 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
Parents: Arthur and Isabel GEDDES, 47 Berwick Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia. Native of Yea, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

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

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Court of Enquiry held in Monash Valley, 23 May 1915, pronounced fate 'killed in action during the night of 2-3 May 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GEDDES Cyril Arthur

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