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Ernest RAMAGE

Regimental number2911
Place of birthSpennymoor England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPolice constable
AddressPolice Station, Albury, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, T Ramage, Park Avenue, Sperrymore, West Durham, England
Enlistment date9 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Field Ambulance
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Ambulance
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularMilitary Medal action description for 2862 G.H. LONG details RAMAGE's death: 'On the morning of August 22nd, 1915 at Gallipoli after the attack on Hill 60 Trenches by the 18th Field Ambulance Battalion and their retirement from some of the captures trenches, a number of wounded were left in the open. At dusk Captain Savage of the 5th Field Ambulance acted at once and called for volunteers and organised the parties under Sergeant Long and with these bearers went into the open to search and bring in wounded under continuous rifle and shrapnel fire the whole time during the night. They continued in bright moonlight to go out and search for wounded. The search continued the following night and they brought in over 30 of our wounded men. On one occasion Sergeant Long, Corporal Smith and Private Bryant went almost to the enemy trenches, the New Zealanders holding their fire, and brought in a wounded man. Privates Ramage and Burgess were out collecting wounded when Private Ramage was shot dead. All these men behaved with conspicuous devotion to duty on this occasion and on the night of 27th August, 1915.'
FateKilled in Action 23 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 69), 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
183
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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