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Thomas March HALL

Regimental number1145
Place of birthCastlemaine, Victoria
SchoolScotch College, Melbourne, Victoria
Other trainingOrmond College and University of Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStudent
Address11 Kasouka Road, Camberwell, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Dr T S Hall, 11 Kasouka Road, Camberwell, Victoria
Enlistment date9 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26-27 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
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: Thomas and Eva HALL, "Grantham" 11 Kasouka Road, Camberwell, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousins: 578 Corporal Edgar Charles MILLWARD, 24th Bn, killed in action, 3 May 1917; Captain Leonard Edmund Wadsworth ROBERTS, Australian Army Medical Corps, died of wounds, 2 September 1918; Captain F.E. LAMBE, cousin, cannot be identified further.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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