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Wilfred Allen GIBSON

Regimental number28645
Place of birthFremantle, Western Australia
SchoolPerth Boys School, Western Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
Address38 Cavendish Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, F Gibson, 38 Cavendish Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Previous military service86th Infantry; Cousins: 3634A Pte Edgeworth William Pitt KERNOT, 1st Bn, killed in action, 30 April 1918; Cpt Cyril Mc E. Lillil DSO.
Enlistment date28 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 10, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/37/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 16 October 1917
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
16
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frank and Alice GIBSON, 744 Beaufort Street, Maylands, Western Australia. Native of Perth, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsCousin: 3634A Pte Edgeworth William Pitt KERNOT, 1st Bn, killed in action, 30 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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