Roy Austin BARCLAY

BARCLAY, Roy Austin

Service Number: 849
Enlisted: 21 August 1914, Bendigo, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Egerton, Victoria, Australia, September 1894
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Quarry Hill State School, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Wood turner
Died: Killed in Action, Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey, 8 August 1915
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Special Memorial C.5
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bendigo Central School Honor Roll, Bendigo Great War Roll of Honor, Bendigo Quarry Hill Methodist Church Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

21 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 849, Bendigo, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 849, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Hororata embarkation_ship_number: A20 public_note: ''
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 849, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 849, 7th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
8 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 849, 7th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...849 Private Roy Austin Barclay of Bendigo, Victoria. Pte Barclay was a turner by trade and a member of the 67th Infantry, CMF, prior to enlistment on 21 August 1914 and joining the 7th Battalion. He embarked on HMAT Hororata on 19 October 1914. Pte Barclay was killed in action at Lone Pine, Gallipoli Peninsula, on 9 August 1915, aged 20 years." - SOURCE (

Biography contributed by Larna Malone

Roy Austin Barclay was born in Mount Egerton, Vic., the son of Walter Henry & Edith Barclay, of 82 Russell Street, Quarry Hill, Bendigo.     He was a Turner and had previously served in the 67th Infantry.    He was 19 years & 11 months old when he volunteered for service in the Expeditionary Force.   He Enlisted on 21/8/14 and arrived at Broadmeadows Camp on 24/8/14.    He was allotted Service no. 849 and appointed to ‘G’ Company, 7th Battalion.   

The 7th Battalion left Broadmeadows Camp on 18 October, 1914, and embarked for service overseas on board HMAT ‘Hororata’.   Arriving in Egypt the battalion moved into camp at Mena, at the foot of the pyramids.   (6/12/14)     

 In January, 1915, the Australian force was re-organized.   In the 7th Battalion ‘G’ and ‘H’ Companies joined to form the new ‘D’ Company.      This meant that all the men from Northern Victoria were together in one Company.   

The 7th Battalion was part of the force which landed at Anzac Cove on 25th April, 1915.   Roy Austin Barclay survived the Landing, the “2nd Battle of Krithia” (May), and Trench Warfare in Steele’s Post (July).   

On August 8th the 7th Battalion moved into position at Lone Pine, preparing to participate in a Diversionary attack on the Turkish trenches on the 400 Plateau.    ‘D’ Company, under Lieut. W. J. Symons, was on the left, manning the line from Wood’s Post to Goldenstedt’s Post.   Heavy fighting ensued with multiple casualties.   

Roy Austin Barclay was K.I.A. on 8/8/15 at Lone Pine, Gallipoli Peninsula.  He was possibly Buried in Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli, but his Actual Grave site is unknown.     His name was recorded on the Lone Pine Cemetery Memorial.


“The First Lot.   7th Battalion.   The first men of the Bendigo district to volunteer for service in the First World War.”: Larna Malone