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Arthur Harold Cecil ELLIOTT

Regimental number2819
Place of birthNyngan New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNyngan, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E M Elliott, Brough Street, Cobar, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets for 1 year; in the Militia for 3 years.
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 September 1917
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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: Charles William and Emily Mary ELLIOTT, Brough Street, Cobar, New South Wales. Native of Nyngan, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2648 Pte Sydney William Campbell ELLIOTT, 56th Bn, returned to Australia, 22 September 1919.
Other details

War service: joined 4th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 6 January 1916. Transferred to 56th Bn, 16 February 1916. On Command Picquet, Zag-a-Zig, 4 March 1916. Admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, 16 March 1916 (vaccine reaction); rejoined Bn, 26 March 1916. Admitted to hospital, 30 March 1916; rejoined Bn, 8 April 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916 (gun shot wound, head); admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 21 July 1916. Transferred to England, 22 July 1916, and admitted to 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle, 23 July 1916. Transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 22 August 1916; to No. 1 Command Depot, 25 August 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 20 October 1916; rejoined Bn, 3 November 1916.

On leave to England, 27 January 1917; rejoined Bn, 15 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 2 April 1917 (gun shot wound, thigh); admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 4 April 1917; transferred to England, 7 April 1917, and admitted to Kitchener Military Hospital, Brighton. Transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 14 May 1917; discharged to furlough, 30 May 1917, to report to No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 15 June 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 16 July 1917; rejoined Bn, 1 August 1917.

Killed in action, 25 September 1917.

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

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