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Francis Henry HAYLEN

Place of birthGundaroo Road, Queanbeyan, New South Wales
SchoolState Public School and Christian Brothers School, New South Wales
OccupationClerk
AddressStation Street, Penrith, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, T. Haylen, 'Maroota,' 148 Falcon Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 September 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name2nd Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Port Nicholson on 8 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 21 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
32
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Catherine HAYLEN, Benalong Road, Wentworthville, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 6016 Pte John Joseph HAYLEN MM, 2nd Bn, returned to Australia, 25 August 1917; 66713 Pte Leslie Clements HAYLEN, NSW Reinforcement 22, embarked 14 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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