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Ronald BURNS

Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAuctioneer
AddressLithgow, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinEdward Burns, Lithgow, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as a Commanding Officer in the Senior Cadets; afterwards as Area Officer in his District.
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Place of enlistmentPaddington, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name3rd Battalion F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was appointed to go to India for training. He completed the course and then at his own expense went to England and successfully completed the Hythe Musketry School, and also passed as an aviator.
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 19), 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
35
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Lithgow General Cemetery, New South Wales. Parents: Edward (d. 5 August 1927, aged 80; bu. Lithgow Cemetery) and Sarah (d. 9 May 1898, aged 40; bu. Lithgow Cemetery) BURNS, Main Street, Lithgow, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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