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John Carlisle Alvin SMITH

Regimental number792
Place of birthTweed Heads, New South Wales
SchoolPoint Danger Public School, Tweed Heads. NSW
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPostal assistant
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, T Hamilton Smith, Tweed Heads, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets.
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, E 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 RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe took part in the landing at Gallipoli on April 25 as Private in 15th Battalion was made Corporal on May 9th was promoted to Sergeant on May 29th after the bayonet charge at Quinn's Post and on June 20th was transferred from No 9 to No 17 Platoon C Coy 15th Batt and given the position as Platoon Sergeant.
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name John Carlisle
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death19.11
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 44), 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: Thomas adn allison SMITH, "St. Bees), Boyd Street, Tweed Heads, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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