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Regimental number1324
Place of birthCamperdown, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressFyansford, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs O Carroll, Fyansford, Geelong, Victoria
Enlistment date30 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
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: Owen and Annie CARROLL. Native of Camperdown, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Detailed to permanent beach party, Gallipoli, 8 April 1915. to hospital, 26 July 1915; transferred by HS 'Soudan' to Egypt, 31 July 1915 (pyrexia); admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, Cairo, 31 July 1915. Admitted to Australian & New Zealand Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 11 August 1915 (stomach trouble); attached to Garrison HQ, Zeitoun, 11 August 1915; transferred to Base Details for light duty in Egypt, 22 August 1915; attached to 2nd Military Store, Zeitoun, 17 September 1915. Embarked for overseas from Alexandria, 2 August 1916.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Bulford, England, 23 August 1916; transferred to Fovant Military Hospital, 9 September 1916; discharged from hospital, 13 December 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 112 days. Found guilty, District Court Martial, Larkhill, 28 May 1917, of being absent without leave from reveille, 26 December 1916, till apprehended at Durrington, 2.30 pm, 16 May 1917; pleaded guilty: awarded 6 months' detention and forfeiture of a total of 337 days' pay (#84.5s). Unexpired portion of sentence (78 days) remitted as from 10 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France; rejoined 7th Bn, 24 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917; subsequently confirmed as killed in action, 4 October 1917.

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

Buried Cyclops Farm, near Broodseinde, Belgium.

Mother wrote to Base Records, 17 January 1916, seeking an explanation as to why her son had not received any letters or parcels since July 1915: 'I think it is a right down shame to think that Our Boys who as given up home comfort and those he loves dearly to fight for his King and Country and this is the treatment they recive ... '

Base Records informed Mother, 9 January 1918, that ' ... the cable received [intimated] that he had been "wounded." However, his case is not reported to be serious and as nothing later has come to hand, it is to be assumed that he has made satisfactory progress towards recovery.' Mother wrote to Base Records, 26 February 1918: 'I am seeking to ask you if you can tell me any thing regards my dear son No 1324 Pte P. Carroll 7th Battalion now deceased could you tell me the Nature of the wounds was it in the Head or the Body and could you tell me what Battel he fell in and what Part of France he is Buried in and could you tell me where to write to get a Potho of his grave I would like to get a Potho of he lonly grave if there is any chance of geting one Sir how ever was such a mistake made him been reported wounded and he was killed all the time he was killed on the 4/10/17 and I did not get word till the 15/1/18 it was awful to be so long.'

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