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Alexander George GRANT

Regimental number4533
Place of birthRosewood, Queensland
ReligionChurch of Christ
OccupationFarmer
AddressBoonah, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 10.5"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Margaurita Grant, Boonah, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 October 1916
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
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
111
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 23 December 1916. Admitted to ship's hospital, 16 January 1917; discharged from hospital, 22 January 1917. Admitted to ship's hospital, 5 February 1917; discharged, 8 February 1917. Disembarked Plymouth, England, 3 March 1917. Marched in to 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 3 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 July 1917; marched in to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 19 July 1917; taken on strength, 31st Bn, 1 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 26 September 1917. Buried at Scott's Post.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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