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Edward Thomas DALE

Regimental number2058
Place of birthTapanui, Otago, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine driver
AddressHughenden, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30.1
Height5' 6.25"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Charles Dale, Tapanui, Otago, New Zealand
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 May 1916
Place of enlistmentHughenden, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 7 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularMedical examiner at enlistment recorded: 'Complete set of artificial teeth; recruit of exceptional physique'.
FateKilled in Action 10 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), 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: William Charles and Sarah Jane DALE, 'Tapanui', Otago, New Zealand
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Brisbane, 7 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 2 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 20 December 1916.

Admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 24 May 1917 (gonorrhoea); returned to duty, 26 May 1917; total treatment for venereal disease: 3 days.

Killed in action, 10 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, DALE Edward Thomas

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