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Aubrey Leslie PAGETT

Regimental number4323
Place of birthBinda, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressWrightville, Cobar, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7.5"
Weight182 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr J Pagett, Wrightville, Cobar, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 October 1917
Place of death or woundingWestern Front
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
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
63
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Harves and Norah PAGETT, Wrightville, Cobar, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 9 February 1916; joined 11th Bn, Serapeum, 17 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 March 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 18 June 1916 (tonsillitis); transferred to No 1 Field Ambulance Divisional Rest Station, 20 June 1916; discharged to duty, 26 June 1916; rejoined Bn, 27 June 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 28 September 1916 (mumps); transferred to Rest Station, 29 September 1916; to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 29 September 1916; to 4th Stationary Hospital, 7 December 1916 (tonsillitis); discharged to duty, 10 December 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 12 December 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 8 July 1917 (mumps); transferred to 1st Divisional Rest Station, 8 July 1917; to 56th Casualty Casualty Clearing Station, 28 July 1917; discharged to duty, 3 August 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 6 August 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 3 September 1917; rejoined Bn (date not recorded).

Killed in action, 7 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory

Victory Medal stamp marked 'returned unclaimed'.
Miscellaneous detailsSee 2919 Aubrey Leslie PAGETT for original embarkation from Sydney, 2 November 1915.
SourcesNAA: B2455, PAGETT Aubrey Leslie

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