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Harold Claude ABBEY

Regimental number158
Place of birthYarraville, Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolAlfred Crescent State School, North Fitzroy, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationWoodworker
Address17 Albert Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinMrs F.B. Abbey, 17 Albert Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
FateDied of wounds 19 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death22
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 40), 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.

Family/military connectionsCousins: [1345] Lt Edgar George ABBEY, 38th Bn, killed in action, 17 July 1917; 74 Pte Frederick Brian ABBEY, 7th Bn, died of wounds, 30 April 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Wounded in action, 19 May 1915 (bomb wounds, all over body).

Died of wounds, at sea, 19 May 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ABBEY Harold Claude

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