|Place of birth||Quirindi, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||50 Rosser Street, Rozelle, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||23|
|Next of kin||Wife|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||17th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/34/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||17th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Polygon Wood, Passchendaele.|
|Age at death||24|
|Age at death from cemetery records||24|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
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|Parents: William and Margaret CORNING; husband of Irene Cladys CORNING, York Street, Singleton, New South Wales. Native of Willow Tree, New South Wales|
|Family/military connections||Brother-in-law: 624 Pte William Herbert MILLER, 17th Bn, killed in action, 6 September 1915.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked from Sydney, 7 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 21 November 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 28 December 1916; joined Bn, 6 February 1917.
Found guilty, 2 March 1917, of being absent without leave, 3-5.30 pm, 20 February 1917, and of misconducting himself in a public place: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No. 2.
Accidentally wounded, 16 May 1917 (bomb wound, leg); admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance; discharged to duty, 18 May 1917; rejoined Bn, 19 May 1917. Report stated: 'Was accidently [sic] wounded whilst receiving instructions in bombing and was in no way to blame.'
Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal