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George GLOVER

Regimental number440
Place of birthPort Stephens, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFisherman
Addressc/o Mrs E Davies, Kendal Street, Lambton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, William Glover, Nelson's Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 07-11 June 1917
Age at death from cemetery records22
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
123
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter and Sarah GLOVER. Native of Nelson Bay, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 2 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 23 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1916.

Missing in action, 7-11 June 1917; later confirmed as killed in action.

Statement, 22 October 1917, by 1853 Pte S.J. KING, 34th Bn: 'I last saw Private Glover at Messines on the morning of June 7th 1917. We were then advancing. I saw Private Glover lying face downwards. No. 1492 Private Anderson 34th Battalion turned him over and I observed that he was shot through the temple. Private Anderson stated that Private Glover was then dead. We left him there and followed on with the battalion. We were at that time stretcher bearers.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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