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Frederick Leslie O'BRIEN

Regimental number218
Place of birthCudal, New South Wales
SchoolCudal Public School
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelephone mechanic
AddressUralla, Raynor Street, Leichhardt, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 10"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah O'Brien, Uralla, Raynor Street, Leichhardt, Sydney New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentKensington, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 13), 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
30
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William C. and Sarah O'BRIEN, 2 Raynor Street, Leichhardt, New South Wales. Native of Cudal, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Killed in action, 25 April 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, O'BRIEN Frederick Leslie

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