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Selwyn Lord CURLEWIS

Regimental number6
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
SchoolGeraldton State School, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 7.75"
Weight155 lbs
Next of kinFather, G C Curlewis, East Brookton, Western Australia
Previous military serviceWA Regiment, Fremantle, Western Australia
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Place of enlistmentHelena Vale, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name16th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Place of death or woundingDead Man's Ridge, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death2 May 1915
Age at death28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 51), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Lilla CURLEWIS, 1 Lillian Street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia. Native of Queenscliff, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1004 Corporal Arthur Granville CURLEWIS, 12th Bn, died of wounds, 15 August 1915; [6] Lt George Campbell CURLEWIS, 16th Bn, returned to Australia, 7 November 1915; Captain Gordon Levason CURLEWIS, 16th Bn, killed in action, 9 May 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CURLEWIS Selwyn Lord

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