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Albert Phillip DORAN

Regimental number3101
Place of birthEchuca, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngineer
Marital statusSingle
Height6' 1.5"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinFather, Joseph Jeran Doran, Westoria PO, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in 11th Bn, Citizen Military Forces; discharged.
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Fate incorrectly enetered on Nominal Roll as Returned to Australia.
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, 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.

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 23 December 1916, and appointed Acting Sergeant (voyage only); admitted to ship's hospital, at sea, 30 December 1916 (venereal disease); discharged from ship's hospital, 6 January 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 7 days; disembarked Devonport, England, 16 February 1917.

Marched into 12th Training Bn, Codford, 6 March 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 16 March 1917; transferred to Parkhouse Military Hospital, 3 April 1917; discharged, 3 May 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 49 days.

Admitted to No 1 VD Hospital, Parkhouse, 11 April 1917; discharged to Convalescent Training Company, Perham Downs, 12 May 1917.

Appointed Acting Lance Corporal, 8 June 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 September 1917; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 16 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, DORAN Albert Phillip

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