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Charles Alexander UEBEL

Regimental number3194
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolErskinville Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTram driver
Address20 Albert Street, St Peters, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 7"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs E M Uebel, 20 Albert Street, St Peters, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death49
Age at death from cemetery records40
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: Christian and Sarah UEBEL; husband of Ethel May UEBEL, Sanoni Avenue, Sandringham, New South Wales. Native of Sydney
Family/military connectionsNephews: 790 Sergeant John Christian STEPHENSON MM, 2nd Bn, killed in action, 2 June 1916; 3113 Sergeant Harold James STEPHENSON, 56th Bn, killed in action, 1 September 1918; Cousins: 4900 Pte Arthur TURNER MM, 45th Bn, returned to Australia, 28 March 1919; J CLARK [cannot be further identified].
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 55th Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916.

Embarked from Alexandria, 28 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 7 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 September 1916; taken on strength, 17th Bn, Belgium, 24 September 1916. Attached to 19th Bn, 13 December 1916; attachment ceased, 3 January 1917. Transferred to 19th Bn, 15 January 1917.

Found guilty of conduct to the prejudice of good order and Military Discipline in that he did unlawfully utter a document knowing it to be forged, 8 April 1917: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No. 2.

Detached to Battalion Commanders' School (Batmen), Aldershot, England, 5 July 1917. Reported to AIF Headquarters, London, after 14 days' leave, and proceeded overseas to rejoin unit, 2 October 1917. Rejoined Bn, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

Killed in action, 9 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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