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Lloyd Wyndham EDWARDS

Regimental numberR6250
Place of birthWentworth, New South Wales
SchoolWentworth Public School, Wentworth, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDraper
AddressWentworth, River Darling, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinSister, Mrs S C Wheelan, Willow Point Station, Wentworth, River Darling, New South Wales
Previous military serviceWas a member of the Legion of Frontiers Men.
Enlistment date25 September 1915
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
Regimental number from Nominal Roll6250
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted September, 1914; was at the Gallipoli landing, Cape Helles.
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingAmiens, France
Age at death23
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
43
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Oliver and Sarah Barker EDWARDS. Native of Wentworth, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to No. 16 Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 25 June 1917 (influenza); transferred to hospital, Alexandria, 22 July 1915; discharged to duty at base, 28 July 1915.

Admitted to Reception Hospital, Mustapha, 9 August 1915 (pyrexia); transferred to 17th Australian General Hospital, 9 August 1915 (enteric); commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kanowna' from Suez, 16 October 1915; disembarked Melbourne, 22 November 1915. Returned to duty, 3rd Military District, 6 March 1916.

Embarked from Melbourne, 11 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 26 October 1916. Found guilty, while at sea, of gambling, 14 September 1916: awarded 48 hours' detention.

Proceeded overseas to France, 12 January 1917; taken on strength, 5th Bn, 16 January 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 21 March 1917 (influenza); admitted to 2nd Divisional Rest Station, 5 April 1917; transferred to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 23 April 1917 (trench fever); rejoined unit, 26 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

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

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