William CAM

Regimental number1330
Place of birthMyrtle Street, East Camberwell, Victoria
Place of birthCanterbury, Victoria
SchoolState School Canterbury and Lang Lang, Victoria
AddressLang Lang, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, E C Cam, Lang Lang, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (lived in exempt area under the Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 25 September 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death20.2
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Mary CAM, Hazelglen, Lang Lang, Victoria. Native of East Camberwell, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousins: 2060 Pte Victor Albert BRAY, 2nd Machine Gun Bn, killed in action, 9 November 1916; 88 Corporal William Fennell BRAY, 23rd Bn, killed in action, 20 March 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, 10 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 27 March 1916.

Awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No. 2, 27 April 1916, for 'leaving stables without permission'.

Transferred to 6th Field Artillery Brigade, 11 September 1916; posted to 15th Battery, 11 September 1916.

Killed in action, 25 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAM William