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Andrew Miller FULLER

Regimental number3538
Place of birthGeelong Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressConnewarre East, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinFather, Robert Fuller, Connewarre East, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of being medically unfit)
Enlistment date3 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records33
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
115
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Susanna FULLER, Connewarre East, Victoria; husband of Mrs A. FULLER, Brisbane
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1135 Pte William Jacob FULLER, 5th Bn, killed in action, 25 April 1915; Cousin: 3464 Pte Robert Mosman BARNETT, 58th Bn, killed in action, 1 July 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Red Cross File, Statement, 196 Pte T.J. CARROLL, A Company, 29th Bn, 26 November 1917: 'He was in A Co., 3rd Pltn. He was medium height and build,; fair; about 20. On the 26th Sept. we advanced from our front line. Our objective was Polygon Wood. Fuller was killed by concussion during the advance. There were no marks on his body. I buried him; he had a Field Burial. We took and held the ground, and were relieved on the 28th.'

Grave subsequently lost.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesRed Cross File 1120514E

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