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Alfred CHILD

Regimental number893
Place of birthBeaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England
SchoolBeaconsfield National School, Buckinghamshire, England
Age on arrival in Australia34
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o J B Dingle, Roseworthy, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinQuartermaster Instructor E Child, Royal Artillery, Portsmouth, England
Previous military serviceServed for 12 years in Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry; 11 years military service in India, in this regt.
Enlistment date21 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 October 1917
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
Age at death36
Age at death from cemetery records36
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
58
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Emma CHILD, 48 Candlemas Lane, Beaconsfield, Bucks., England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli), 2 March 1915.

Promoted Corporal, 4 August 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 19 November 1915 (dysentery); embarked on HS 'Somali', 19 November 1915; arrived Alexandria, 23 November 1915, and admitted to No. 2 Australian General Hospital, Cairo. Discharged to Australian Base, 27 December 1915; rejoined 10th Bn, 10 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 26 July 1916 (shell shock); transferred to England, 4 August 1916, and admitted to No. 2 Northern General Hospital, Leeds. Transferred to No. 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 19 August 1916; transferred to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 30 August 1916.

Appointed Acting Sergeant, 11 December 1916; reverted to Corporal, 15 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 May 1917; rejoined Bn, 12 May 1917.

Attached to 1st Anzac Armourers' School, Albert, 22 June 1917; rejoined Bn, 18 July 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 2 October 1917.

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

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