Robert Felix BASS

Regimental number1912
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSnake Valley, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinFather, G Bass, Snake Valley, Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 January 1915
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll503
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Company Engineers
FateDeceased August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 12), 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
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 6th Bn, Gallipoli, 17 June 1915; transferred to 2nd Field Company Engineers, Gallipoli, 12 August 1915 (and allotted regimental number 503); to hospital, 24 August 1915; court of enquiry held in Rouen, France, 3-5 September 1917 found that the soldier died during August 1915 (cause not stated).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSee also 503 R.F. BASS
SourcesNAA: B2455, BASS Robert Felix