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Thomas ATKINS

Regimental number994
Place of birthDerby, England
SchoolCouncil School, England
Age on arrival in Australia19.3
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPrinter
AddressDeer Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Atkins, No 1 Upper Boundary Road, Derby, England
Previous military serviceServed 4 years in the Derby Territorials.
Enlistment date8 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was orderly Bugler to Smith-Dorien at presentation of Company Colours, also to General French....'
FateDied of wounds 29 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death29 April 1915
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 30), 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
52
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary Jane ATKINS, 13 Upper Boundary Road, Derby, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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