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Charles Emanuel BONAVIA

Regimental number157
Place of birthValleta, Isle of Malta
SchoolLyceum (University), Malta
Age on arrival in Australia24
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDraughtsman
Address...
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 10"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinFather, E.T. Bonavia, 331 Strada Street, Paolo, Valetta, Malta
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 August 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, West Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 31 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 33), 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
61
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Emanuel T. and Georgina BONAVIA, 331 Strada Street, Paolo, Valetta, Malta
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 2 Match 1915.

Posted missing in action, Dardanelles, 25 April 1915.

Court of Enquriy, Fletre, France, 10 April 1916, pronounces fate as 'Killed in Action, Gallipoli Peninsula, 25 April 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BONAVIA Charles Emanuel

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