British War Medal 1914-20: Private R R Waters, 23 Battalion, AIF

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Anzac Area (Gallipoli), Lone Pine Area, Lone Pine
Accession Number REL/02857.003
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Silver
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1920
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

British War Medal 1914-20. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

History / Summary

870 Private Reginald Rutherford Waters was a 21 year old driver, from the suburb of Carlton in Melbourne, Victoria, when he enlisted in the AIF on 1 March 1915. After basic training he was assigned as to D Company, 23 Battalion.

The battalion left Melbourne for Egypt aboard the transport HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May. After further training in Egypt, they arrived at Gallipoli in early September and soon afterwards went into the line at Lone Pine, remaining there until the evacuation in December. At Lone Pine the fighting was so dangerous and exhausting that 23 Battalion alternated in the line with 24 Battalion on a daily basis.

On 29 November, 23 Battalion's position was subjected to heavy Howitzer fire from the opposing Turkish forces. A number of Australian saps and a communications trench were damaged. During the bombardment, Waters was wounded by an incoming shell. He was evacuated to 6 Field Ambulance at nearby Brown's Dip, where he died at 9.30 am the following morning. Initially buried in the Brown's Dip Cemetery, Water's body was exhumed after the war and interred in the Brown's Dip Plot in Lone Pine Cemetery.