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Charles Henry FAIRBEARD

Regimental number55
Place of birthKirkee, India
SchoolCatholic School
Age on arrival in Australia5
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPrinter
AddressRoads Board, Belmont, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 6.25"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinFather, C H Fairbeard, Roads Board, Belmont, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Geraldton Cadets and 86th Bn, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 4 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death4 May 1915
Age at death24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 17), 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
79
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Wounded in action (gun shot wound left side and thigh), Gallipoli, 4 May 1915.

Died from wounds on Hospital Ship 'Gascon', 4 May 1915.

Buried at sea en route from Gallipoli to Alexandria, 4 May 1915.

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

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