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Spencer Lane SCHOCROFT

Regimental number60
Place of birthPiccadilly, South Australia
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
AddressMount Lofty, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFather, W E Schocroft, Piccadilly, Mount Lofty, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettville, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A10 Karroo on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWe only had two trench cards from him then we had word to say he was dead. He died of gun shot wounds. (details from father)
FateDied of wounds 13 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death21
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 9), 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
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3756 Driver Charles Sidney SCHOCROFT, 48th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Found guilty, 18 March 1915, of (1) endeavouring to persuade a person in the Imperial Forces to resist authority of his superior officer; (2) when on Active Service using language to superior officer: awarded 21 days' detention.

Transferred on board HS 'Clacton' from Gaba Tepe to Lemnos, 22 June 1915 (gastro-enteritis); admitted to No 1 Stationary Hospital, 22 June 1915 (diarrhoea); transferred to 24th Casualty Clearing Station, Mudros, 28 June 1915; discharged to duty, 3 July 1915.

Wounded in action, 12 (?) August 1915 (gun shot wound, abdomen), and transferred to HS 'Guildford Castle'; died at sea, 13 August 1915, of wounds sustained in action.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SCHOCROFT Spencer Lane

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