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Albert Harry HARDING

Regimental number5788
Place of birthPenge, England
SchoolMelven Road, Penge, England
Age on arrival in Australia24
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
Address412 Harris Street, Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Harding, 4 Jasmine Grove, Surrey, England
Enlistment date2 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

'I have enclosed the address of Mrs Birch, the lady my son lodged with. He worked for Saxton and Bim Timber Merchants, Sydney and Mr Birch was Foreman so they could you tell you what part to home my sons name put it is since my sons joined up they moved to Petersham, I think it was quite in Sydney they lived before.' (Letter written by Catherine Harding, 11 Jasmine Grove, Anerley, Penge, Mother of the late Pte H.A. Harding.)

FateKilled in Action 19 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records30
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
69
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Catherine HARDING, 11 Jasmine Grove, Anerley, London
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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