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Albert Edward FREESTONE

Regimental number53
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
SchoolQueen Street State Schoo, Ballarat East, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address425 Drummond Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9.25"
Next of kinSister
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1914
Place of enlistmentBallarat
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death28 August 1915
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 41), 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
72
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry James and Mary Ann FREESTONE. Native of Ballarat
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

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

Admitted to the Egyptian Government Hospital, Alexandria, wounded in the upper extremities, 1 May 1915; Discharged to convalescent home, Mustapha, 20 May 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to rejoin the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 8 June 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915.

Reported killed in action, Gallipoli, 28 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FREESTONE Albert Edward

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