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Ralph Norman BRADEY

Regimental number6946
Date of birth18 April 1897
Place of birthMitcham, South Australia
SchoolMitcham Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPostal assistant
AddressMitcham, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Bradey, 65 Gepp Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed 4 years in the Senior Cadets; transferred to the 11th Field Engineers.
Enlistment date11 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 16 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death20
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
58
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4132 Pte Alfred James BRADEY, 48th Bn, killed in action, Mouquet Farm, Pozieres, France, 2 September 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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