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Reginald BARTLEY

Regimental number1785
Place of birthCooma, New South Wales
SchoolState School, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressHowell, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinFather, Richard Bartley, Howell, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 January 1916
Place of enlistmentInverell, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 4 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death19
Age at death from cemetery records19
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Angelina BARTLEY. Native of New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: [1853] Lt Edward Charles BARTLEY MM, 12th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 12 July 1919; Cousin: 5035 Pte Patrick BARTLEY, 47th Bn, killed in action, 11 April 1917; Uncle: 1961 Pte Paul PARKER, 34th Bn, killed in action, 7 June 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 4 September 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 29 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 December 1916; marched in to 3rd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 21 December 1916.

Found guilty, Etaples, 29 December 1916, of producing a false pass: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay.

Marched out to front, 25 January 1917; taken on strength, 33rd Bn, in the field, 26 January 1917.

Killed in action, 7 June 1917.

Handwritten notation on Form B103: 'Buried in the vicinity of Messines'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BARTLEY Reginald

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