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James Robert WADDELL

Regimental number94
Place of birthBalmain, New South Wales
SchoolNicholson Street Public School, Balmain, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address1 Simmons Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Waddell, 1 Thames Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets.
Enlistment date7 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentBugler
Unit name18th Battalion, A 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
FateDied of wounds 1 September 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 63), 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
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Note, Red Cross File No 2820910M

'Died of wounds, 1.9.15, on hospital ship "Huntsereen". Bullet wound abdomen. (Record Office, Malata, 7 October 1915.'

Statement, 218 Pte P.G.H. EVANS, A Company, 18th Bn (patient, Bombay Presidency Hospital, Alexandria), 1 November 1915: 'Witness was bugler in same platoon as Waddell who says that he was missing in the evening of August 22nd. Witness was told by certain people that they had seen Waddell killed, but he cannot remember the names of his informants and possibly this was no more thyan rumour.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesRed Cross File No 2820910M

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