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George FROST

Regimental number2368
Place of birthGirgarre East, Victoria
Place of birthTatura, Victoria
SchoolHarston State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Addressc/o GPO, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs F Frost, c/o GPO, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Belgium
Age at death36
Age at death from cemetery records36
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
163
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Michael and Bridget Ann FROST; husband of Fanny Viola FROST, Regent Street, Oakleigh, Victoria. Native of Girgarre East, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 5th Bn, Gallipoli, 18 November 1915. Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing station, Gallipoli, 3 December 1915 (frost bite); transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 14 December 1915; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 16 December 1915.. Discharged to duty, 19 February 1916; rejoined Bn, 11 March 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 18 March 1916 (debility); discharged to Overseas Base, 28 March 1916. Taken on strength, 57th Bn, 20 April 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 24 June 1916.

Admitted to 5th General Hospital, 8 November 1916 (trench feet); transferred to England, 11 November 1916, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 13 November 1916; transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, 29 November 1916; discharged from hospital, 2 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 April 1917; rejoined unit, 13 May 1917.

Missing in action, 26 September 1917; Court of Inquiry, 3 November 1917, determined declared 'Killed in action', 26 September 1917.

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

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