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Maurice Lewis AARONS

Regimental number2281
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolModel School, Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionJewish
OccupationPearler
AddressPO, Broome, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 5.75"
Weight114 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Adelaide McEwan, 357 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 May 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death33
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 51), 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
78
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Lewis and Letitia AARONS. Native of Carlton, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Taken on strength, 16th Bn, Gallipoli, 30 July 1915.

Killed in action, 8 August 1915.

Statement, Red Cross File No 00101024, 2295 Pte G. McCREERY, C Company, 16th Bn, 13 March 1916: 'Witness knew a man in C Co, 16th Btn, by name Aarons. He came over with the 6th Rfts and was commonly called "Morrie". Witness saw Aarons on Sunday 8/8/15, but has not seen him since. This was at Pope's Ridge and on that day we made a demonstration against the Turks, and there were several casualties.'

Second statement, 2249 Pte W.H.OTLEY, HQ, 16th Bn (patient, 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 6 April 1916: 'In the rush of 6th August trying for Hill 971 I left Aarons and went with General Monash. Afterwards I ascertained from our two other chums that "Morrey" was not to be found anywhere and the Army Medical Corps and stretcher bearers could not answer to his description so we counted him as killed.'

Third statement, 1949 Pte F. TAYLOR, 16th Bn (patient, 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 29 November 1916: 'Aarons was wounded on 8th August 1915 and was in Red Cross Store - Gehezera [sic] Hospital and that he saw him there at Christmas 1915.' Note on file: 'Probably confusion with Captain Aarons, Daniel Sydney (M.C. and Bar), 16th Bttn.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, AARONS Maurice Lewis
Red Cross File No 00101024

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