|Place of birth||Mudgee, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||P O Wongarbon, Wongarbon, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||20|
|Next of kin||Father, H Gjessing, P O Wongarbon, Wongarbon, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||19th Battalion, B Company|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||19th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||21|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The 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
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|Parents: Hans and Elizabeth GJESSING, Denison Street, Mudgee, New South Wales|
|Family/military connections||Brother: 7250 Pte Albert GJESSING, 3rd Bn, died of wounds, 23 August 1918.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915. Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 25 March 1916.
Found guilty, 18 May 1916, of (1) absenting himself without leave from 7.45 pm to 8.30 pm, 15 May 1916; (2) conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in hesitating to promptly carry out an order, 15 May: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Found guilty, 2 November 1916, of when on Active service, absenting himself without leave from 2 pm to 10 pm, 1 November (8 hours): awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Found guilty, 8 February 1917, of absenting himself without leave from 3 pm, 3 January 1917, to 3 pm, 7 January 1917: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 31 March 1917 (scabies); transferred to Anzac Scabies Station, 31 March 1917; to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 21 April 1917; discharged to duty, 7 May 1917; rejoined Bn, 11 May 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 18 September 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal