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Robert William FERGUSON

Regimental number709
Place of birthDalhousie, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationEngine driver
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9"
Weight165 lbs
Next of kinA E Dellar, Kilcoy, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 1.5 years in the Artillery and for 3.5 years in the Army Service Corps.
Enlistment date6 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 November 1914
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name15th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 May 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Date of fate 9 or 10 May 1915
Date of death10 May 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 44), 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
75
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Ellen and the late Thomas FERGUSON. Native of Graytown, Victoria.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Promoted corporal, 19 November 1914.

Embarked Melbourne for Alexandria, 22 December 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Killed in action, Gallipoli, 9-10 May 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FERGUSON Robert William

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