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Ballarat Tunnellers at Gallipoli

Ballarat Tunnellers at Gallipoli

Ballarat Tunnellers Robert Bass and Harold Baxter were both part of the No 2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers. Both died and are buried at Gallipoli.

Robert Felix Bass was born in Ballarat, but he lived in Snake Valley which is a small town 30 kilometres to the west of Ballarat. Private Robert Bass was 19 years old when he enlisted, and he joined the 6th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement on the 5th January, 1915. . He was transferred to the 2nd Company Engineers on the 12th August 1915. Sapper Robert Bass died between 01/08/1915 and 31/08/1915, when he was in the Australian Engineers, 2nd Field Coy. He is listed at Lone Pine Memorial, Panel Reference 12, at Gallipoli, Turkey:


Harold Evelyn Baxter was from Snake Valley. He was a telephone mechanic from Melbourne, Victoria, prior to enlistment.  He was a member of the 2nd Field Company Australian Engineers. Sapper Baxter was killed in action on 3 June 1915, aged 23 years:


Photo via the Australian War Memorial – A field company, Australian Engineers, reaches the beach:

AWM P02226.014 2 filed coy engineers





Members of No. 2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers, land on the Gallipoli beach at 6.30am 25 April 1915. Most are waiting to disembark from the ship’s boats, while the first troops jump onto the beach and make their way towards the remainder of the landing party seen in the background. Reflections from the bayonets of men of the recently landed 7th Battalion can be seen in the distant left as they advance up a gully . AWM P02226.014.


25 April 1915 – The Battle for the beaches: