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Regimental number1001
Place of birthNewmilns, Ayrshire, Scotland
SchoolPublic School, Newmilns, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia23
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5.5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Kate Mitchell, New Mills, Ayrshire, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed in the Territorial Force, Newmilns, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateDied (cause not stated)
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Check Nominal Roll for Date of Fate.
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe 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
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 2 March 1915.

Wounded in action (date not recorded); admitted to HT 'Gascon', 19 June 1915 (gun shot wound, abdomen); transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 30 June 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to rejoin unit at Gallipoli, 1 August 1915.

Found guilty, 17 June 1915, of neglecting to obey an order, absent from parade: awarded 72 hoyrs' Field Punishment No 2.

Court of Enquiry, held at Rouen, 3-5 September 1917, determined fate to be 'Died at Gallipoli during the month of August 1915.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MITCHELL Robert

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