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Elliott Charles BANKS

Regimental number741
Place of birthRichmond, Victoria
Other NamesCharles Elliott
SchoolSandringham State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressHampton Street, Hampton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMrs A.M. Banks, Hampton Street, Hampton, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets (2 years); 46th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces (still serving at time of AIF enlistment).
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSouth Melbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Fate given on Nominal Roll as 'Deceased'.
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 24), 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: Charles Cecil and Alice May BANKS, Moroka, Beach Road, Hampton, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Found guilty, Mena, Egypt, of being absent without leave from 2300 hours, 25 December 1914, until 2245 hours, 27 December 1914: awarded 7 days' detention, and leave stopped for 20 days.

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

Posted as missing in action, Dardanelles, 25 April 1915.

Now, 24 May 1915, reported as 'Killed in Action, Dardanelles, 25 April 1915', and body buried in 'Valley of Death''.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BANKS Elliott Charles

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