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Allen Herbert * GRANT

Regimental number10479
Other NamesAllan Herbert
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationGrazier
AddressClermont, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Grant, Clermont, Queensland
Enlistment date18 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit nameS.T25.16.3C23
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
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2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 40th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 August 1917

FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), 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
132
Family/military connectionsSister: Staff Nurse Elsie Rose GRANT, Australian Army Nursing Service, returned to Australia, 11 March 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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