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Eustace Reveley ALLEN

Regimental number6707
Place of birthMoonta, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
AddressWallaroo, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Allen, 169 Halifax Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date27 April 1916
Place of enlistmentKadina, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 7 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 6 October 1917
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Esther ALLEN
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 7 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917.

Reverted to private, No. 3 Camp, Durrington, 10 January 1917.

Promoted to acting lance corporal, 10 January 1917.

Embarked Folkestone to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 19 April 1917; marched in, 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 20 April 1917.

Taken on strength, 10th Bn, France, 27 April 1917; reverts to private on joining unit from reinforcements.

Appointed lance corporal, 9 May 1917.

Reverts to private at own request, 21 July 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 6 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLEN Eustace Reveley

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