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Bernard FOX

Regimental number11960
Place of birthArmagh, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTube cleaner
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 7"
Weight174 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Rose Fox, 'Killylim', Alistragh, Co Armagh, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 September 1915
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameField Ambulance 9, Section B
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Field Ambulance
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), 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
182
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 1 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1916.

Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Mother wrote to Base Records, 13 March 1916: 'I would be very glad if you could give me any information about him. My heart is broken about him. I did not think the almighty would have been so hard with me as to take him from me for he was as good a child as ever God made. I have wrote different places and can't get no news.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, FOX Bernard

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