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Arthur Harrison BUSHBY

Regimental number6236
Date of birth8 October 1896
Place of birthGlebe, New South Wales
SchoolMarrickville West Superior Public School, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationDye maker
AddressCarlyle, Hill Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, H Bushby, Carlyle, Hill Street, Marrickville, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Compulsory Military Training scheme, Sydney, New South Wales.
Enlistment date17 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 9 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Lewis gunner at the time of his death
Place of death or woundingNE of Ypres, Belgium
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
35
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Harrison and Mary BUSHBY, 'Carlisle', Hill Street, Marrickville, New South Wales. Native of Sydney
Family/military connectionsCousins: 11 Corporal Francis Anthony ANGELINETTA 36th Bn, killed in action, 22 January 1917; Pte R. BRADY [cannot be further identified]; 4162 Pte Harold Sydney BUSHBY, 11th Bn, killed in action, Messines Ridge, Belgium, 26 January 1918.~
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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