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Charles Ernest George SAMPSON

Regimental number198
Place of birthCarrieton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 6.75"
Next of kinFather, William Sampson, Mount Hope, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date137
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A26 Armadale on 12 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 28-29 August 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 9), 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

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

Admitted to No 2 Field Ambulance, Anzac Cove, 29 May 1915 (grenade bruises and scratches, right thigh: slight); transferred to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 7 June 1915; to Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 17 June 1915; discharged to Base Details, 'fit for duty', 22 June 1915.

Reported wounded, 28 August 1915; now, 24 February 1916, reported wounded and missing; Court of Enquiry, held on Malta, 4 December 1916, concluded fate as 'killed in action'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SAMPSON Charles Ernest George
Red Cross File No 24101019

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