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William Edward SANDERCOCK

Regimental number1347
Place of birthBurnside, South Australia
SchoolCrafers Mount Lofty Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
Address9 Park Street, Hackney, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7.5"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M V Sandercock, 9 Park Street, Hackney, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 December 1914
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Mcgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 27 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 56), 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: Edward and Sarah SANDERCOCK; husband of Victoria SANDERCOCK, 79 Gordon Road, Prospect, South Australia. Native of Adelaide
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Admitted to No 2 General Hospital, Cairo, 3 May 1915 (venereal disease); transferred to Venereal Camp, Abbassia, 14 May 1915; discharged, 14 May 1915; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 12 days.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 May 1915.

Killed in action, 27 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SANDERCOCK William Edward

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