|Place of birth||Newcastle, New South Wales|
|School||Public School, Lismore, New South Wales|
|Address||Richmond Villa, Turbot Street, Brisbane, Queensland|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mary Belson, Atherton, Queensland|
|Previous military service||Served in the Senior Cadets, Townsville, Queensland, 1909-10; member, Rifle Clubs; not serving in any military unit at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Place of enlistment||Brisbane, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||9th Battalion, B Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/26/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 S.S. Omrah on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||9th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Gallipoli, Turkey|
|Date of death|
|Age at death||22|
|Age at death from cemetery records||22|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 31), 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
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|Parents: Charles J.E. and Mary BELSON, Malanda North, Queensland|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli
Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 2 March 1915.
Posted as missing in action, Gaba Tepe, 25 April 1915.
Court of Enquiry, held in field, France, 5 June 1916, pronounces fate as 'Killed in Action, Gallipoli Peninsula, 25 April 1915'.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, BELSON William Charles|