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Charles William HARDAKER

Regimental number1188
Place of birthCamperdown, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolCamperdown School, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
Address85 Hordern Street, Newtown, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 4.5"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinFather, Arthur Hardaker, 85 Hordern Street, Newtown, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Citizen Forces
Enlistment date9 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 February 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 22 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Charles spelt Chas
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 61), 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
35
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Rosina HARDAKER, 85 Hordern Street, Newtown, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney, 25 June 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 22 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry, held in the field, 21 January 1916, pronounced fate as 'reasonable to assume killed, Gallipoli, 22 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARDAKER Charles William

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