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Raymond Harold ATKINSON

Regimental number1877
Place of birthCroydon, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
Addressc/o Mr G Murrayk, 'Boonie Doon', Bathurst Road, Rydal, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFriend, Mr G Murray,'Boonie Doon', Bathurst Road, Rydal, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1877B
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 21 October 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death21 October 1915
Age at death20
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 60), 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
84
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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