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Robert Walter GREEN

Regimental number765
Place of birthWellington, New South Wales
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressDapper PO, Dapper via Gulgong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 7"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Green, Gollan PO, Gollan, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 February 1916
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name36th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 17 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
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
127
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Jane GREEN, Dripstone, New South Wales. Native of Dubbo, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 13 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916.

Admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 April 1917 (influenza); rejoined unit, 16 April 1917.

Admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance, 13 May 1917 (influenza); transferred to 83rd General Hospital Boulogne, 29 May 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 19 June 1917; to Base Depot, Rouelles, 23 June 1917; rejoined 36th Bn, in the field, 21 August 1918.

Killed in action, Belgium, 17 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GREEN Robert Walter

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