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Thomas ROBERTSON

Date of birth27 April 1894
Place of birthRockhampton, Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSalesman
AddressWyetuh, Mowbray Street, East Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs R C Robertson, Wyetuh, Mowbray Street, South Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date23 September 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name15th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
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Lieutenant


Unit: 15th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 February 1915

FateKilled in Action 27 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 43), 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
77
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Sophia ROBERTSON. Native of Brisbane
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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