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Samuel William HARRY

Date of birth9 February 1882
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTown clerk
AddressTown Hall, Charters Towers, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs S H Harry, Windsor Terrace, Red Hill, Red Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years as a commissioned rank in 2nd Infantry (Kennedy Regt); served as a captain and battalion commander in the Senior Cadets
Enlistment date28 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name15th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Promotions

Lieutenant


Unit: 15th Battalion
Promotion date: 16 December 1914

Captain


Unit: 15th Battalion
Promotion date: 25 April 1915

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

'Sent to Thursday Island at outbreak of war, and then volunteered for service with AN&MEF on 16th August, 1914. Returned to Townsville on "Kenowna" owing to trouble with fireman, 18th September, 1914. Joined AIF on 28th September, 1914. Embarked with 15th Battalion on 22nd December, 1914.' Details from Brother.

FateKilled in Action 10 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death10 May 1915
Age at death33
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 43), 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
76
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Enlisted, Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 14 August 1914.

Appointed 2nd lieutenant, 16 August 1914.

Embarked Cairns for garrison duty, Thursday Island, 8 August 1914.

Embarked Thursday Island for German New Guinea, 16 August 1914.

Taken on strength, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 6 September 1914.

Returned to Townsville (did not participate in capture of German New Guinea due to strike by firemen on troopship), 18 September 1914.

Discharged, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 18 September 1914.

Appointed 2nd lieutenant, Australian Imperial Force, 28 September 1914.

Promoted lieutenant, 16 December 1914.

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

Promoted captain, 25 April 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli 17 May 1915.

Board of Inquiry held in the field, 23 May 1915, pronounced fate 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 10 May 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARRY Samuel William

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