|Place of birth||York, England|
|Address||'Crokham', Dandenong, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||19|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||8th Battalion, H Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/25/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||2nd Brigade Machine Gun Company|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||23|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Son of Mrs. Ada GAMBLES, 4 Teck Street, Bishopthorpe Road, Yorks, England|
Emigrated to Australia, 1911-12.
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Embarked from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915. Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Lemnos, 5 September 1915 (influenza); transferred to Mudros, then to Egypt and admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 9 September 1915. Admitted to Helouan Convalescent Camp, 15 September 1915; discharged as fit, 28 October 1915. Rejoined unit, 9 November 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Taken on strength, 2nd Machine Gun Company, 12 March 1916.
Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 30 March 1916. Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 4 September 1916 (dysentery); transferred to 14th Stationary Hospital, 6 September 1916. Transferred to England, 12 September 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 13 September 1916. Transferred to Bournemouth Military Hospital, 11 January 1917. Proceeded on furlough, 9 May 1917; reported to Training Depot, Wareham, 24 May 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 26 June 1917; rejoined unit, 10 July 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal