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Edgar Norman Fulton SPILLSBURY

Regimental number472
Place of birthBombay, India
SchoolGrammar School, Devonport, Tasmania
Age on arrival in Australia5
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressChinchilla, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMajor Elo. Spillsbury, East Devonport, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed until 1907 in Tasmanian Volunteer Forces, his rank was Lieutenant.
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Edgar Norman
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death26.11
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 31), 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
57
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Maj. Edgar and Mrs Caroline SPILSBURY (as spelt), East Devonport, Tasmania
Family/military connectionsTwo brothers: Younger brothers sereved in AIF for about 4 years, each in France and Palestine respectively, up to their final discharge in 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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