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Ernest Albert Francis DUNNICLIFF

Regimental number1309
Place of birthNormanville, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 5.75"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mabel Blanche Dunnicliff, 238 Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Mlitary Forces (Infantry, South Australia) for 4 years.
Enlistment date25 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 November 1914
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Unit name12th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 6 August 1915
Date of death6 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 17), 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
65
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Albert and Harriett DUNICLIFF, Wife: Mrs M.B. DUNNICLIFF, 60 Edward Street, Norwood, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Taken on strength, 12th Bn, Gallipoli, 7May 1915.

Wounded in action, 6 August 1915 (gun shot wound, head), and admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance.

Died of wounds, 6 August 1915.

Buried at Brown's Dip North Cemetery, Gallipoli, 500 yards S. of Anzac Cove; grave susequently lost.

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

'In Memoriam' notice, 'Adelaide Chronicle', 12 August 1916: 'You answered the call of your country,/But the voice of the cable tells/That our dear dad, in the khaki suit,/Was killed at the Dardanelles./We mourn your loss, but not your actions,/Sweet balm to your loved ones bring,/For he's ever a hero, the man who dies/For his country, God and King.' Inserted by his dear children, Albert, Charles, Alfred, Robert, and wife.
SourcesNAA: B2455, DUNNICLIFF Ernest Albert Francis

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