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Alan Douglas Gibb DAWSON

Place of birthSt Leonards, New South Wales
SchoolAuckland Grammar School, New Zealand
OccupationLaw clerk
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Alexandra Robinson Dawson, Shells Beach Road, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets.
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name2nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

'Born at St Leonards, North Shore, Sydney. At the age of five years moved to Auckland, New Zealand. On the declaration of War he returned to Sydney, joining up with the AIF and left Australia for Egypt with the first reinforcements.' (Details from Father.)

FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 160), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alexander Robertson and Margaret Anne DAWSON, 45 Shelly Beach Road, Auckland, New Zealand. Native of Sydney, Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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