|Place of birth||Inverell, New South Wales|
|School||St Josephs (Catholic) School, Hunters Hill, New South Wales|
|Address||Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||28|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Johanna Davis, 56 Alberta Terrace, Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||29th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/46/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A19 Afric on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||29th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Polygon Wood, Belgium|
|Date of death|
|Age at death||30|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 3 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917.
Admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital (pleurisy), Southall, 21 January 1917; discharged to Perham Downs, 1 February 1917.
Marched in, 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 12 February 1917; Marched out to No. 1 Command Depot, Dinton, 13 February 1917.
Embarked Folkestone to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 15 March 1917; marched in, 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 16 March 1917.
Taken on strength 29th Bn, in the field, 22 March 1917.
Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance (pyrexia of unknown origin), 23 May 1917; transferred to 15th Field Ambulance, 25 May 1917; admitted to 5th Dressing Station, 25 May 1917; discharged to unit, 20 June 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 1917.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, AHERN John Sylvester|