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Richard Lewis Hay Blake JENKINS

Place of birthNepean Towers, Douglas Park, New South Wales
SchoolKing's School Parramatta, Sydney Grammar School, New South Wales
Other trainingCommissioned Officer of RA Artillery
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o J C Bragg, 76 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation49
Next of kinWife, Mrs B E Jenkins, c/o J C Bragg, 76 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Manchester Regiment, British Army; Sydney Scottish Rifles, NSW Permanent Artillery (RAA).
Enlistment date12 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentMajor
Unit name20th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board TRANSPORT Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularServed in South African War and had King's and Queen's Medals with Five Bars.
FateKilled in Action 11 December 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 64), 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: Richard Lewis and Mary Rae (nee JOHNSTONE) JENKINS; husband of Blanche E. JENKINS, Belmont, Hornsby, New South Wales. Served in the South African Campaign
Family/military connectionsNephews: Captain George Lewis CONCANNON, 2nd Bn, killed in action, 27 April 1915; Captain Henry Douglas Eyre RALFE, 3rd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, killed in action, 6 May 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Age at death49

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