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Stanley Walton DAVIES

Regimental number6239
Place of birthHamilton, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoundary rider
AddressLonsdale Street, Hamilton, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 6.5"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinMother, A Davies, Lonsdale Street, Hamilton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 May 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 11 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBoundary Rider. Enlisted 22nd April, 1916. Posted to 5th Bn, 20th Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 5th Bn, 22nd December, 1916. (Details from Brother)
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium
Age at death28
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
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 26 October 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 13 December 1916; taken on strength, 5th Bn, 22 December 1916.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 3 March 1917 (dermatitis), and transferred same day to 1st Divisional Rest Station; discharged to unit, 23 March 1917; rejoined unit, 25 March 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Base Records wrote to his sister, Miss F. Davies, 16 March 1925: ' ... it must be reluctantly concluded that the search parties have not succeeded in locating ... the late soldier's place of burial ... It is noted according to a previous report received in this connection that the late soldier's grave was situated about .25 of a mile distant from GARTER POINT, and 1000 yards South of ZONNEBEKE, and it can only be presumed that the original surface markings were obliterated by shell fire thus rendering identification impossible.'

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