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Regimental number730
Place of birthTelangatuk East, Victoria
AddressTelangatuk East, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 9"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Rigby, Telangatuk East, Victoria
Previous military serviceMember of the Balmoral Rifle Club.
Enlistment date9 January 1915
Place of enlistmentBalmoral, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records26
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Martha RIGBY, 'Hybla', Pallamallawa, New South Wales. Native of Telangatuk East, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: [1548] Lt John Samuel Thomson RIGBY MM, 6th Trench Mortar Battery, killed in action, 4 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915. Disembarked Alexandria ex Mudros, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 8 July 1916 (injury to elbow); transferred to 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Outreau, 9 July 1916; transferred to England, 11 July 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 12 November 1916; joined 21st Bn, 22 November 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 December 1916.

Joined No. 5 Officers' Cadet Bn, Trinity College, Cambridge, 3 January 1917. Promoted 2nd Lt, 1 May 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 14 May 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RIGBY Frank

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