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Charles William LAMPRELL

Regimental number2167
Place of birthWagga Wagga, New South Wales
SchoolChristian Brothers School, Goulburn, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationStoreman
AddressSchool Parade, Marrickville West, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice Lamprell, Apsley, School Parade, Marrickville West, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 April 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 02-5 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
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
29
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Samuel and Alice LAMPRELL, "Rookilde", 57 Victoria Street, Waverley, New South Wales. Native of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5371 Pte Samuel LAMPRELL, 17th Bn, returned to Australia, 4 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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SourcesNAA: B2455, LAMPRELL Charles William

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