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William Edward SADLER

Regimental number1260
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolCleveland Street Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address106 Morehead Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 6"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice Sadler, 106 Morehead Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 22 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death30.5
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 23), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred and Alice SADLER, 106 Morehead Street, Redfern, New South Wales. Native of Sydney
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4233 Pte Alfred Arthur SADLER, 54th Bn killed in action, 19-20 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Reported missing between 21 and 25 August 1915.

Letter, Mrs A. Sadler (mother) to Base Records, 6 November 1915: '... in the Sydney Mail of Oct. 27th I seen a group of wounded soldiers and there is one that I am almost sure it is my son and I went to the editor of the mail and seen the Photo and I think it is him only he looks older. it [sic] is in a convalescent home at Woodcote Park[,] Epsom[,] England. I went to Victoria Barracks and they said to write to you and you would find out for me. hoping [sic] you will soon let me know as I am very much upset. He might have lost his memory.'

Court of Enquiry, held at Tel el Kebir, 21 January 1916, concluded 'Reasonable to suppose dead (K.I.A.).'

Statement, Red Cross File No 24003091, A. DENT, 18th Bn (patient, St John's Hospital, Etaples, France): 'I believe this man to be identical with 2nd Lt E.W. Sadler who gained his commission at Gallipoli. He is brother to Lt. Sadler (Signal Officer 19th A.I.F.) whom I knew personally. I saw him talking to his brother in the early part of Oct. I do not think it likely that he was killed later as the 18th Batt had little or no fighting after that in August, and I rather think he went to the Bde. or Div. Staff.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SADLER William Edward
Red Cross File No 24003091

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