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Hugh Michael FLYNN

Regimental number2618
Place of birthCondamine, Queensland
SchoolChristian Brothers College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSchool teacher
AddressChristian Street, Albion, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, H Flynn, Christian Street, Albion, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceIn charge of all Junior Cadet Training at Milton State School, Brisbane, Queensland.
Enlistment date12 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPTE (Bearer)
Unit name4th Light Horse Field Ambulance
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from on board HMAT A30 Borda on 16 June 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Service in bringing in wounded under shell fire. (Pozieres).
Recommendation date: 1 August 1916

FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingMenin Road, Polygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death29.10
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
55
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Hugh and Ellen FLYNN, Christian Street, Clayfield, Queensland. Native of Condamine, Queensland
Family/military connectionsNil

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