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Thomas FOLEY

Regimental number2120
Place of birthQueensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressCribb Street, Milton, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinWife, Mrs Suse Foley, Cribb Street, Milton, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A26 Armadale on 20 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
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
107
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 26th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 11 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 15 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 21 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 August 1916; admitted to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne, 7 August 1916 (gun shot wound, neck and shoulder); transferred to England, 10 August 1916, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 November 1916; rejoined unit, 20 November 1916.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

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

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