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Alexandra Bruce KENNEY

Regimental number4286
Place of birthN/A New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMiner
Address97 South Street, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinWife, Mrs Minnie Matilda Kenney, 97 South Street, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Enlistment date8 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 5
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A59 Botanist on 2 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1917
Age at death from cemetery records32
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
80
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary KENNEY; husband of Minnie KENNEY, 34 Alexander Road, South Frewmantle, Western Australia. Native of Williams River, New South Wales

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