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Regimental number3313
Place of birthKoroit, Victoria
Other trainingClerk on State Railways of Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSelina Gallin, Meeniyan, South Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 3"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Edward Gallin, Meeniyan, South Gippsland, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 26 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateDied 25 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Belgium
Age at death20.4
Age at death from cemetery records20
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward Augustus and Selina GALLIN, North Road, Ormond, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, proceeded to join, and taken on strength of 57th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916. Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 25 February 1916 (pyrexia unknown origin); transferred to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, 25 February 1916; rejoined unit, 22 March 1916. Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, post inoculation, 24 March 1916; discharged to duty, 26 March 1916, and rejoined unit same day.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, 14 April 1916 (septic abrasions, foot); transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 24 April 1916 (scarlet fever); discharged to unit, 18 May 1916; rejoined unit, ferry Post, 18 May 1916.

Transferred to 15th training Bn, 29 May 1916. Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, 9 june 1916 (pyrexia); discharged to Base, 10 june 1916. Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, abbassia, 10 june 1916; discharged to duty, 15 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 30 June 1916. Rejoined 57th Bn from 15th Training Bn, 10 December 1916.

Admitted to 8th field Ambulance, 12 January 1917; transferred to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, 27 January 1917 (pyrexia unknown origin); to Ambulance train, 29 January 1917, and admitted to 13th Stationary hospital, Boulogne, 30 January 1917; to England, 11 February 1917 (influenza), and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, 12 February 1917; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 March 1917; discharged on furlough, 28 March 1917, to report to No 4 Depot, Wareham, 12 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 August 1917; rejoined Bn, 27 August 1917.

Reported missing in action, 25 September 1917; Court of Enquiry, 3 November 1917, determined fate as killed in action, 25 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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