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Hubert Roydon DACK

Regimental number5349
Place of birthLaura, South Australia
SchoolStone Hut Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressYacka, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 11"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E L Dack, Yacka, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets, Wallaroo, for 4 months; then moved to an exempt area under Compulsory Military Training scheme.
Enlistment date23 February 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 21 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records23.7
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 24), 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: Frant T and Elizabeth L DACK, Yacka South Australia. Native of Laura, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 3rd Training Bn, England, 17 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 October 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 22 July 1917 (synovitis, left knee); rejoined unit, 7 August 1917.

Wounded in action, 20-21 September 1917; subsequently confirmed killed in action, 21 September 1917. Burial location: Sheet 28.28 NE at J.7.C.8.).Chateau Wood; grave destroyed in subsequent fighting.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFirst given name incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Herbert.
SourcesNAA: B2455, DACK Hubert Roydon

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