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William Aaron SAMPSON

Regimental number1093
Place of birthSwansea, Tasmania
SchoolState School, Tasmania
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o A Sampson, Shaw Street, Queenstown, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8.25"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinAaron Sampson, Shaw Street, Queenstown, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Place of enlistmentPontville, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, G 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 RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 14 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 49), 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: Aaron and Sarah SAMPSON, Linda Valley, Tasmania. Native of Kelverton
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2505 Pte Cyril Claude SAMPSON, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 28 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Reported wounded in action, 10-14 May 1915.

Posted wounded and missing from 14 May 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held at Serapeum, 6-8-28 April 1916, concluded fate to be 'killed in action, 14 May 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SAMPSON William Aaron

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