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Sydney Gordon Leslie HALL

Date of birth22 July 1891
Place of birthLucindale, South Australia
SchoolSaint Peters College, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank official
Addressc/o Union Bank of Australia Limited, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 10.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Fanny Sophia Hall, Roseford Open Avenue, Hyde Park, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets and Militia as a captain
Enlistment date10 May 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name11th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 6 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"While in camp in Western Australia he was in charge of prisoners on Rottnest Island, afterwards Instructor at Blackboy Camp and Officer in charge of 6th Reinforcements of 11th Battalion from Western Australia." Details from Mother.
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingSuvla Bay, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 33), 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.

Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Ebenezer and Fanny HALL, 37 Opey Avenue, Hyde Park, Adelaide. Native of Lucindale, South Australia. Commemorated in North Road Church of England Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Fremantle, 6 June 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 1 August 1915; taken on strength, 11th Bn, Gallipoli, 4 August 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 14 August 1915, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HALL Sydney Gordon Leslie

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