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Charles BRETT

Regimental number1707
Place of birthScole, Norfolk, England
Age on arrival in Australia23.8
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressPO, Collector, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 11"
Weight182 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs S J Brett, Lodge Farm, Wingfield, Harlston, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 6-9 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death9 August 1915
Age at death28.10
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 22), 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
39
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on St Edmund's Anglican Church Roll of Honour, Gunning, New South Wales: 'In memory of the men of this Parish who made the supreme sacrifice of their life in the fight for Truth and Freedom.'
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Joined Bn at Gallipoli, 31 May 1915.

Killed in action, 6-9 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BRETT Charles

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