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Alfred John Maurice CHAUNCY

Regimental number5461
Place of birthGanmain, New South Wales
Other NamesRecorded as CHAUNCEY on Embarkation Roll
SchoolKogarah, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSurveyor
AddressGanmain via Coolamon, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, William Chauncey, Ganmain via Coolamon, New South Wales
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets
Enlistment date29 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death21.11
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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
90
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Rebecca CHAUNCY, Ganmain, Coolamon, New South Wales. Native of Ganmain, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 842 Lance Corporal Oliver Curtis CHAUNCY, 20th Bn, returned to Australia, 4 June 1917; 1736 Corporal Phillip Henry CHAUNCY, 4th Bn, returned to Australia, 2 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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