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Percival Thorne SMITH

Regimental number346
Place of birth'Nangway Farm', Laura, South Australia
SchoolLaura Public School, South Australia
ReligionBaptist
OccupationFarmer
AddressLaura, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8.5"
Weight165 lbs
Next of kinU. Smith, Laura, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in 26th Light Horse for 3 years.
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMorphettvile, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/8/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 22 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Horse Regiment
FateDied of wounds 6 June 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death21.10
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 3), 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
4
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on District of Laura Roll of Honor: 'For King & Empire'(now located in Rocky River Historic & Art Society).
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Percival Thorne

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