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Frank Keith AITKIN

Regimental number1869
Place of birthPaddington, New South Wales
Other NamesFrank Keith
SchoolSydney High School, New South Wales
Other trainingJunior accountant
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Havilah', Watsons Street, Bondi, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 4.75"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, G. Aitkin, 'Havilah', Watsons Street, Bondi, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 18 months in the 21st Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date30 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Unit name3rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularA splendid athlete having won several valuable trophies at a very early age. (details from mother)
FateDied of wounds 7 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey
Age at death19
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 19), 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

Taken on strength, 3rd Bn, Gallipoli, 31 May 1915.

Died of wounds on board HS 'Dunluce Castle' at sea; buried at sea.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName entered on embarkation Roll as AITKINS.

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