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Robert John FREW

Regimental number2155
Place of birthNew South Wales
SchoolThirroul Public School, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMiner
AddressStation Street, Thirroul, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 3"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Frew, Station Street, Thirroul, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 May 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 14 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 23 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death23 August 1915
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 37), 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
69
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Margaret FREW. Native of New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney, 14 June 1915.

Joined 13th Bn, Gallipoli, 2 August 1915.

Reported wounded, Gallipoli, 23 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held at Serapeum, 6 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 23 August, 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FREW Robert John

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