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Edward FULLER

Regimental number2666
Place of birthWarren, New South Wales
SchoolWarren Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCom agent
AddressTambo, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 8"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Agatha Mable Fuller, St Ronan, Murdick Street, Neutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 June 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 October 1917
Place of death or woundingUnknown
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records33
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
56
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: R.P. and Matilda FULLER, Station Road, Zillmere, Queensland. Native of Warren, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 9th Bn, Habeita, Egypt, 28 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 23 July 1916; admitted to Red Cross Hospital, Touquet, 24 July 1916; transferred to England, 28 July 1916 (gun shot wound, both legs), and admitted to County of London War Hospital, Epsom (shell wound, throat, trachea, l. shoulder: severe). Transferred to Tidworth, 27 September 1916; granted furlough to 30 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 December 1916; rejoined Bn, 3 January 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 30 July 1917 (trench fever); transferred to 7th Canadian General Hospital, 1 August 1917; rejoined Bn, 26 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 2 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

SourcesNAA: B2455, FULLER Edward

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