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Herbert Edwin WILLIAMS

Date of birth23 May 1893
Other trainingJunior Matriculation University; NSW Public Service (Professional)
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDraughtsman
Address42 Percival Road, Stanmore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 10.5"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice Anne Williams, 42 Percival Road, Stanmore, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name1st Battalion, C Company
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 RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 12), 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
31
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alice Ann and the late Edward WILLIAMS
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Australia, 18 October 1914.

Promoted Lieutenant, 15 March 1915.

Killed in action, 25 April 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Mother wrote to Base Records, 4 December 1918: 'I beg to thank you & His Gracious Majesty King George for the Commission for the late Lieut. H.E. Williams 1st Batt. I feel grateful that although I lost a good son he is not forgotten.'

Mother wrote to Base records, 13 December 1920: '? I beg to state Herbert's father died in 1906, & left me with seven children, & when he was sixteen he passed the Civil Service at 16 yrs & started at 30s a week till he was earning #3 a week at the Harbour trust when he enlisted & was the mainstay of the home. I waited 5 yrs for my Mothe's Badge & am still waiting for his wristwatch, ring & purse with gold taken from his body by Capt. Taylor (then a stretcher bearer in the A.M.C. Being in the W[?] I suppose I come one of the last although he was one of the first killed.'

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