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William Thomas Chelton FERRIS

Regimental number1297
Place of birthWalgett, New South Wales
SchoolPrivate School and Petersham Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineer
AddressRoseneath, Terrace Road, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 6"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Ferris, Roseneath, Terrace Road, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 October 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateDied of wounds 4 May 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*given name two spellings WVilliam and William
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death4 May 1915
Age at death24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 14), 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
29
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney, 11 February 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 28-29 April 1915 (bomb wound, knee).

Died of wounds, hospital ship "Dongala", 4 May 1915; buried at sea, 4 May 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FERRIS William Thomas Chelton

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