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Regimental number2792
Place of birthNorth Fitzroy, Victoria
OccupationFarm hand
Address73 St George's Road, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 10"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Cardwell, 73 St George's Road, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 10 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 1 July 1915, 6th Bn, 9th Reinforcements; taken on strength, 6th Bn, 7 January 1916; appointed Lance Corporal, 6 September 1917.
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium
Age at death22
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
Family/military connectionsBrother: Pte 206 Rupert Edgar CARDWELL, 5th Bn, died of wounds, 8 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 6th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 30 March 1916.

Admitted to Anzac Rest Station, 4 December 1916 (sore feet); discharged to duty, 15 December 1916; rejoined Bn, 16 December 1916.

To hospital, 23 January 1917 (sore feet); transferred to Anzac Corps Rest Station, 24 January 1917; to 5th Division Rest Station, 24 January 1917; discharged to duty, 19 February 1917; rejoined Bn, 20 February 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 16 July 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 11 August 1917. Appointed Lance Corporal, 6 September 1917.

Missing in action, 4 October 1917; confirmed killed in action, 4 October 1917.

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

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