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Howard Bevan CARR

Regimental number2275
Place of birthMount Lofty, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Roma', Unley Road, Unley, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Hampden Carr, 'Roma', Unley Road, Unley, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Senior Cadets; 1 year in 'C' Company, 78th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date26 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAustralian Stationary Hospital 1, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/70/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 March 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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: Hampden and Emmie CARR, 80 Unley Road, Unley, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, and joined No. 1 Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 13 June 1915. Admitted sick , 13 July 1915; evacauted to Egypt, and disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 3 April 1916.

On Command, No. 5 Officer Cadet Bn, Trinity College, Cambridge, 8 December 1916; appointed 2nd Lt, 30 March 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 26 April 1917; taken on strength, 50th Bn, 30 April 1917.

Promoted Lt, 29 July 1917.

Reported as wounded in action, Belgium, 27 September 1917; confirmed as killed in action.

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

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