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George Roy IRWIN

Regimental number2145
Place of birthGoulburn, New South Wales
SchoolChatswood Preparatory & Sydney Grammar Schools, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCommercial artist
Addressc/o Railway Station, Katoomba, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, G S Irwin, c/o Railway Station, Katoomba, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 1 month as an infantry officer in the Riverina
Enlistment date2 May 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 06-9 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death19.9
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 22), 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
40
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Sara IRWIN, "Merri Merri", Dolphin Street, Coogee, New Sout Wales. Native of Goulburn
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Taken on strength, 4th Bn, Gallipoli, 4 August 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 6-9 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 3 November 1915, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 6-9 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, IRWIN George Roy

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