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Claude Fairfax SANDILANDS

Regimental number680
Place of birthSouth Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolMolesworth State School, Victoria
ReligionProtestant
OccupationTram conductor
AddressStanmore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 7"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Fred Sandliands, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRandwick, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 18), 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
34
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Molesworth State School Roll of Honor ('For God, King and Country'), Victoria.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

Reported missing, 2 May 1915.

Court of Enquiry, held on board HMT Z23, 24 March 1916, declared fate to be 'killed in action, 2 May 1915'.

Handwritten notation on Form B103: 'No trace grave site, 17 July 1917'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SANDILANDS Claude Fairfax

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