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Arthur Marden GRANT

Place of birthBulla, Victoria
Place of birthEssendon, Victoria
SchoolBulla State School, Victoria
Other trainingDookie Agricultural College, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
Address47 East Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine Jane Grant, Craigellachie, Bulla, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in Citizen Military Forces as SSM 1911-1913.
Enlistment date23 February 1916
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name32nd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Belgium
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records33
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
115
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Catherine GRANT, Bulla, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3348 Sergeant Harold Bruce GRANT, 2nd Pioneer Bn, effective abroad (still overseas); 2 other brothers; Nephew: 7077 Pte Howard Fraser GRANT, 37th Bn, killed in action, 9 September 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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