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Jack Cranstown SCOTT

Regimental number4977
Place of birthYarrawonga, Victoria
SchoolMiddle Park State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
Address102 Packington Street, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, J D Scott, 102 Packington Street, Kew, Victoria
Enlistment date8 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was Company Clerk in Camp and Battalion Clerk in Egypt and Salisbury Plains.
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingMenin Road, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death20.11
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
48
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Mary SCOTT, 3 Erica Avenue, Malvern East, Victoria. Native of Yarrowonga, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousins: Lt Colonel Alfred JACKSON OBE, 58th Bn, returned to Australia, 25 September 1919; Lt Rupert Arthur JACKSON, 59th Bn, returned to Australia, 23 June 1919; and nephew and cousin to 32 other members of the AIF by blood or marriage.~
Other details

War service: Egypt, England, Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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