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Lewis Owen GRIFFITHS

Regimental number7
Place of birthBetws-y-Coed, Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBricklayer
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 4.75"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs L Griffiths, 11 Asquith Avenue, Birkenhead, England
Previous military serviceServed in the 34th Field Company Army Engineers; served for 3 years in the 1st Royal Scots
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name3rd Field Company Engineers, Headquarters, Section 1, Section 2 and Section 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 22 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Company Engineers
FateKilled in Action 26 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 12), 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
23
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Catherine JONES (formerly GRIFFITHS), 9 G Block, Queen's Buildings, Birkenhead, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Appointed Driver, 1 September 1914.

Reverted to Sapper, 3 January 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 26 April 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GRIFFITHS Lewis Owen

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