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Gordon LANE

Regimental number1667
Place of birthBlenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
Address33 Warren Road, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Lane, Stephenson Street, Blenheim, New Zealand
Enlistment date10 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name36th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateKilled in Action 16 July 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death29
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
20
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Margaret LANE, Blenheim, New Zealand
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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