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William GOODINGHAM

Regimental number2670
Place of birthEngland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinWife, Mrs Eva Goodingham, 397 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Moldavia on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death38
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
50
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Husband of Mrs E. GOODINGHAM. Native of Kingston-on-Thames, England
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3777 Pte Charles Henry GOODINGHAM, 8th Bn, died of wounds, 22 September 1917; Step-Brother: 1899 Pte Ernest Edward CATCHPOLE, 60th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916.

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