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Arthur TATLOW

Regimental number1815
Place of birthBurnie, Tasmania
SchoolState School
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBricklayer
Address31 Newry Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 8"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Tatlow, 31 Newry Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 14 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1552
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Age at death38
Age at death from cemetery records37
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
54
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles J. and Sarah M. TATLOW, 31 Newry Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria. Native of Burnie, Tasmania
Family/military connectionsSister: Sister Flora Amelia TATLOW, Australian Army Nursing Service, returned to Australia, 3 July 1919; Cousin: Kelvin James TATLOW, AIF Camp, Claremont, died in camp of cerebro-spinal meningitis, 16 October 1915.~
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 8th Bn at Gallipoli, 26 May 1915. Admitted to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 20 October 1915 (hernia); discharged, 21 October 1915, and admitted to Lowland Convalescent Camp. Admitted to Anzac Advanced Base, 31 October 1915; transferred to 11th Division Base Depot, 1 November 1915; to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital Convalescent Depot, Heliopolis, 14 January 1916; discharged to duty, 15 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 31 March 1916. Promoted Temporary Corporal, 30 July 1916; Corporal, 12 August 1916.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 11 September 1916 (shell wound, right elbow); admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 13 September 1916. Transferred to England, 15 September 1916, and admitted to Leeds War Hospital (gun shot wound, right arm). Transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 18 October 1916; discharged to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 23 October 1916. Granted furlough, 25 October 1916; reported back from furlough, 10 November 1916. Marched into 2nd Training Bn,13 November 1916. Admitted to Military Hospital, Fargo, 4 January 1917 (gun shot wound, right arm); discharged to Perham Downs, 6 February 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 15 March 1917; rejoined 8th Bn, 10 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 8 May 1917 (shell wound, right cheek), and admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to duty, 11 May 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 29 July 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 31 July 1917 (trench fever); to 6th Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 16 August 1917; to 5th Convalescent Depot, 20 August 1917; to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 30 August 1917; rejoined 8th Bnm 19 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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