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Michael Connor SCANLAN

Regimental number519
Date of birth17 October 1879
Place of birthWestern Creek, nr Millmerran, Queensland
SchoolYarranlea Provisional School, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressPittsworth, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinFather, James Scanlan, Yarranlea, Pittsworth, Queensland
Enlistment date28 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 18 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll47th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 June 1917
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), 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
144
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Catherine SCANLAN, Brookstead, Queensland. Native of Western Creek Station, Darling Downs, Queensland.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 940 Pte Patrick William SCANLAN, 42nd Bn, killed in action, 10 June 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 18 May 1916; disembarked England, 20 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 September 1916; joined Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 1 October 1916. Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 28 October 1916 (laryngitis); transferred to 4th ADBD, 4 November 1916. Taken on strength, 47th Bn in the field, 28 November 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 6 February 1917; promoted Corporal, 20 February 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 7 July 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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