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Regimental number1509
Date of birth1891
Place of birthSt Mullens, Borris, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A.S. Alexander, Ballytighe, Borris, Co Carlow, Irealnd
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 December 1914
Unit name13th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 15 August 1915
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 36), 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 Sydney on 'Seang Choon', 11 February 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli Peninsula, 14 August 1915 (Battle of Suvla Bay); admitted to 16th Casualty Clearing Station, 15 August 1915 (shrapnel wound, right side).

Died of wounds at sea, HS 'Rewa', 15 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALEXANDER David

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