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Robert Storrie GUTHRIE

Date of birth16 March 1893
Place of birthPeterhead, South Australia
SchoolSturt Street (Adelaide) & Blackwood Public Schools, South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBookkeeper
AddressPeterhead, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Janet Guthrie, Mead Street, Peterhead, South Australia
Enlistment date16 June 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name48th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/65/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
145
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4185 Pte David Glen GUTHRIE, 10th Bn, killed in action, France, 25 February 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Reported missing, October 1917; officially reported killed in action, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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