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Donald CAMERON

Regimental number110
Place of birthLake Rowan, Benalla, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o C. Cameron, Blacksmith, Leeton PO, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Charles Cameron, Blacksmith, Leeton PO, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium
Age at death25
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
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915. Transferred by Fleet Sweeper to Mudros, 10 July 1915 (septic foot); admitted to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 10 July 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 19 July 1915. Admitted to 3rd Australian Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 13 August 1915; invalided to England, 31 August 1915; admitted to Military Hospital, Hampstead, London, 16 September 1915. Treated for venereal disease, February-August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 August 1916. Invalided to England, 13 October 1916; admitted to Kitchener War Hospital, Brighton; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 11 December 1916; discharged on furlough, 2 January 1917. Further treatment for venereal disease, January-February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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