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Harry BUDD

Regimental number6294
Place of birthLondon, England
SchoolPutney Secondary School, London, England
Other trainingHounslow Technical School, England
Age on arrival in Australia32
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCarpenter
AddressPerth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 2.5"
Weight115 lbs
Next of kinFather, Jacob Budd, Clyde Street, East Fremantle, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of teeth)
Enlistment date20 October 1916
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 23 December 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll6294A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death40
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
112
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Jacob and Lucy BUDD, corner of George and Clyde Street, East Fremantle, Western Australia. Native of London, England
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 23 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 16 February 1917; marched in to 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 18 February 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 25 March 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged to Depot, and marched in to 7th Training Bn, 5 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 May 1917; taken on strength, 27th Bn, 12 June 1917.

Transferred to 28th Bn, 12 June 1917, and allotted Regimental No 6294A.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BUDD Harry

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