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Eric Edward MEAKER

Regimental number4382
Place of birthWolulma New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressStanmore, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, James Meaker, 106 Cavendish Street, Stanmore, New South Wales
Previous military service35th Infantry
Enlistment date18 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT SS Port Napier on 17 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 11 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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
117
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry James and Fanny MEAKER, Fernhill Street, Hurlstone Park, Sydney. Native of Wolumla, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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