Memorial board : 10 Battalion AIF, Gallipoli

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Anzac Area (Gallipoli)
Accession Number RELAWM10201
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Timber
Maker Unknown
Place made Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made c 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Black painted wooden memorial board bearing, in white paint, a map of Australia containing the Australian coat of arms above a ribbon reading 'AUSTRALIA 1915' and several state names. the map is surrounded by the names of nine deceased members of 12 Platoon, C Coy, 10 Battalion, AIF. The text on the board is as follows: 'In Memory "Our Loss" of P. Venning G. Dunlop A. Richmond W. Vick G. Morphett F. Evans J. Plummer D. Lewis F. Jones'. A ribbon below the map contains the words 'GALLIPOLI April Between 25th and 29th 12 Plat. C Coy. 10 Bat. A.I.F.' The reverse of the board has several AWM Accession markings, and is inscribed in pencil 'This board came off Gallipoli with Motor Lorry to the Base M.T. Depot 24-4-1919'.

History / Summary

Apparently found on Gallipoli post war. Despite the words on the board bearing the dates 25 to 29 April not all the names on the plaque are for men who died between these dates. Those who died of wounds may have originally been wounded between these dates, but Alexander Richmond was killed in action on Gallipoli on 18 May 1915.

The soldiers recorded on the plaque are: 265 Private Percy William Venning, a 20 year old farmer from Pinaroo WA, who died of wounds at sea on 28 April; 312 Private George Alfred Dunlop, a married 32 year old seaman from Port Pirie SA, who died of wounds at sea on 2 May; 616 Private Alexander Richmond, a 27 year old labourer from Allansford Victoria, killed in action 18 May; 1042 Private William Henry Vick, a 27 year old labourer from Adelaide SA, who died of wounds at sea on 27 April; 1030 Private Glenton Stuart (Victor?) Morphett, a 25 year old bank clerk from North Adelaide SA, killed in action on 29 April; 63 Private Francis Gilbert Evans, a 21 year old electrician from Adelaide SA, who died of wounds at Malta on 31 May; 469 James Willis Plummer, a 20 year old horse trainer from Yorketown SA, killed in action on 25 April; 689 Private David Lewis, a 24 year old labourer from Glenelg SA, killed in action on 28 April; and 945 Private Frederick Wallis Jones, a 27 year old labourer from Coromandel Valley SA, who died of wounds in Egypt on 1 May.

Although they are listed on the plaque as being members of 12 Platoon, C Coy, the 10 Battalion embarkation roll lists them all as being in B Company. Possibly the change from an eight to a four company battalion layout, introduced in Egypt before the Gallipoli landings to comply with the British system, may account for this.