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Walter Joseph STEETH

Regimental number455
Place of birthCarlton, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPlumber
Address384 Mt Alexander Road, Ascot Vale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 7"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, J W Steeth, 384 Mt Alexander Road, Ascot Vale, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets for 2 years.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentEssendon, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentBugler
Unit name7th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4555
Rank from Nominal RollBugler
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 29), 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
51
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Hannah STEETH, Arkering Crescent, Black Rock, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3475 Pte Leslie Charles STEETH, 59th Bn, returned to Australia, 24 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Reported missing in action, 25 April 1915.

In a statutory declaration, 9 June 1916, 530 Corporal L.B. CRAWFORD stated that Steeth had died at about 5.30 pm on board 'Seang Choon' on 26 April 1915, and that he was buried at sea on 28 April 1915. 521 Pte W.J. FARRELLY reported seeing Steeth in Malta wounded 'some time in June'.

Court of Inquiry held in the field in France, 5 June 1916, determined that Steeth had been killed in action on or about 25 April 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, STEETH Walter Joseph

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