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Leonard John BANFIELD

Place of birthDapto State School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressAnderson Avenue, Ryde, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Banfield, Andersons Avenue, Ryde, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed 9 years in the Citizen Military Forces; progressed from private to captain.
Enlistment date25 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name18th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from s, New South Wales, on board TRANSPORT A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 22 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death22 August 1915
Age at death40
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 59), 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
84
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated (brass plaque) in St Anne's Anglican Church, Ryde, New South Wales. Parents: Samuel Thomas and Florence Miriam Banfield, 5 Wells Street, Bellevue, Western Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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