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Laurice John INGLIS

Regimental number2835
Place of birthPort Pirie, South Australia
Other NamesLaurice John
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressStonehut, via Gladstone, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 3"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lucey Inglis, Stonehut, via Gladstone, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in Senior Cadets; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date1 November 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 5 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death19.7
Age at death from cemetery records19
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
66
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Lucy INGLIS, Stone Hut, South Australia. Native of Port Pirie, South Australia
Family/military connectionsUncle: 6286 Pte Francis James INGLIS, 6th Bn, killed in action, 5 June 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 16 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 16 February 1917; marched into 2nd Training Bn, 19 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 May 1917.

Admitted to 40th Stationary Hospital, Harfleur, 11 June 1917 (tonsilitis); transferred No 4 Convalescent Depot, Havre, 25 June 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 9 July 1917; joined 12th Bn, in the field, 4 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 5 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, INGLIS Laurice John

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