Gallipoli - Lest We Forget!

They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning.
We will remember them.


In addition to my two Great Grand Uncles that were killed at Galliploi one of my 1st Cousins 3x removed was also killed in action at Lone Pine, however the cause of his death seems to have a bit more to it.

Corporal Robert Reginald Herwin Pittendrigh

Click for larger image13th Battalion, H Company.

Joined 7 September 1914

Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914.

Wounded on 23 August 1915, transferred to hospital ship “Franconia”.

Died at sea 29 August 1915, 23:30 Hrs.

Buried at sea 30 August 1915, 16:00 Hrs, Lat. 37° 42´ N. Long. 4° 11´ E. (see map below for location of his burial)

Robert landed at Gallipoli in the afternoon of 25 April 1915, the same day as Norman landed as part of the ANZAC landings. He was wounded during the Lone Pine battle, the same battle that claimed the lives of Norman and Edmund, and was transferred to a hospital ship where he died from his wounds and was buried at sea. It is reported that Robert ventured out with two other soldiers to try and rescue an injured English soldier who had been laying on the ground all night. During the rescue Robert and another soldier, Chaplain Gillison, were wounded by a Turkish sniper, with Gillison dying of his wounds on the same day.

Medals Awarded:

Robert was awarded the following medals:

1914/15 Star British War Medal Victory Medal
1914/15 Star British War Medal Victory Medal

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The memorial plaque for the 13th Battalion at Lone Pine Memorial (click image for larger view). Section of the memorial plaque showing Robert’s name (click image for larger view).
HMAT A38 Ulysses The troopship Franconia, used as a hospital and troop ship. It was sank by a German U-Boat in 1916.

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This map shows where Robert was buried at sea after he died from his wounds. For reference I have also shown where he was wounded - Gallipoli.

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