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Albert Edward LANDAMAN

Regimental number3260
Date of birth1888
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTram conductor
Address26 Mount Street, Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 8"
Weight123 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs B Landaman, 26 Mount Street, Pyrmont, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 August 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3260A
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 3 August 1916

FateKilled in Action 14 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), 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: Charles and Amy LANDAMAN, 118 Hargrave Street, Paddington, Sydney; Wife: Barbara LANDAMAN, 'Lea', 6th Avenue, Campsie, Sydney

Military Medal

'At PETILLON on the night of 21st and 22nd July 1916, Lance Corporal Eggington and Lance Corporal LANDAMAN volunteered for rescue work in 'NO MAN'S LAND', and went out with a party under Company Sergeant Major Gaylor. The locality was scoured over a frontage of 600 yards and though not any wounded were discovered the party brought in two Lewis Guns, many rifles, and a quantity of equipment and dead men's effects. This work was carried out under continuous enemy Machine Gun and rifle fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Family/military connectionsUncle: 5894 Pte George Samuel WILLIS, 18th Bn, killed in action, 3 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 55th Bn, 16 February 1916; taken on strength, 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Transferred to 5th Pioneer Bn, 3 March 1916, and took Regimental No 3260A.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 12 July 1916.

Awarded Military Medal, 13 August 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 26 October 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 22 December 1916 (defective teeth); discharged to duty, and rejoined Bn, in the field, 7 January 1917.

Appointed Lance Sergeant, 10 March 1917; promoted Sergeant, 5 April 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 24 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 7 September 1917.

Killed in action, 14 September 1917.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LANDAMAN Albert Edward

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