Topic: AIF - 3B - 8 LHR
8th LHR, AIF
8th Australian Light Horse Regiment
Roll of Honour
Service number: 689
Rank: Trooper [Tpr]
Unit: 8th Light Horse Regiment
Date of death: 7 August 1915
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery or memorial details: Lone Pine Memorial, Turkey
War Grave Register notes: COMBS, Tpr. Walker, 689. 8th Light Horse Regt. Killed in action 7th Aug., 1915. 6.
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.
A brief military biography of Walter Combs from The AIF Project:
|Place of birth||Sebastopol, Victoria|
|Address||Corack West via Donald, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||41|
|Next of kin||Father, Thomas Combs, Corack West via Donald, Victoria|
|Previous military service||4th West Australian Imperial Bushmen, South Africa.|
|Enlistment date||1 October 1914|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll||1 October 1914|
|Place of enlistment||Donald, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||8th Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||10/13/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A26 Armadale on 12 February 1915|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||8th Light Horse Regiment|
|Fate||Killed in Action 7 August 1915|
|Place of death or wounding||The Nek, Gallipoli|
|Age at death||42|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 6), 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
|Other details|| |
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli
Taken on strength 8th Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, 2 August 1915.
Missing, 7 August 1915; determined killed in action, the Nek, 7 August 1915.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Miscellaneous details||Regimental number on NAA is 608|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, COMBS Walter|
Lest we forget
Further Reading:Gallipoli Campaign
Citation: 8th LHR, Roll of Honour, Walter Combs