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Stephen John DYER

Regimental number649
Place of birthCollingwood, Victoria
Address17 Bendigo Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinAnn Dyer, 17 Bendigo Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 10 years in the Militia.
Enlistment date14 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Date of death25 April 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 26), 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
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Court of Inquiry, held 24 April 1916, determined his fate as 'killed in action'.

Depositions were tabled from two informants: (1) 2024 W.H. HUNT, 6th Bn, B Coy, stated, 7 January 1916: 'He [DYER

was in B Coy with witness who knew him as Steve. They were in the same section and witness saw him lying wounded . . . half way up the hill at Anzac. They were advancing at the time. Never saw him again. He looked very white.' (2) 647 C.L. WILLIAMS, 6th Bn, B Coy, 27 November 1915: 'On the 25 April at the time of our landing and while we were struggling up the hill I saw Dyer shot. I cannot say where he was hit. He seemed to die at once. I was close beside him at the time.'

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

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