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Alfred William EVANS

Regimental number1895
Place of birthCollingwood, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMother, Mrs Evans, 409 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9.5"
Weight146 lbs
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 17th June, 1915. Taken on Strength, 22nd Battalion, 8th January, 1916. Wounded at Pozieres on 27th July, 1916.
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium
Age at death24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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: rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 8 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 26 March 1916.

Wounded in action, France, 27 July 1916 (shell shock); admitted to No. 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 31 July 1916; transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 30 July 1916; rejoined Bn, 25 August 1916.

Admitted to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 November 1916 (septic heel); transferred to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 19 November 1916; discharged to No. 2 Convalescent Depot, 14 December 1916; rejoined Bn, 17 January 1917.

Found guilty, 23 May 1917, of overstaying leave in Amiens, 19 May 1917: awarded 72 hours' Field Punishment No. 2. Found guilty, 7 August 1917, of being drunk, 3 August 1917: fined 2/6.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

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

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