The AIF Project

Edgar Camille HAMONET

Regimental number942
Place of birthMaitland, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSlate layer
Address2 Cullwanon Road, West Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinA Hamonet, 2 Cullwanon Road, West Maitland, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 6 weeks in E Company, 4th Australian Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
No details of embarkation for HQ and A-H Companies entered on Embarkation Roll.
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Consistent courage under fire and inspiration to men. (Polygon Wood 19-23 September 1917).
Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary HAMONET; husband of Mary HAMONET, 62 Fieldside Road, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, England

Military Medal

'During the action east of YPRES, 19/23rd September, 1917, this N.C.O. was with a Battery of Machine Guns and by his courage, during heavy shelling, he inspired all his men by visiting his gun positions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 22 July 1915 (influenza); transferred to Fleet Sweeper 'Clacton', 23 July 1915; disembarked Mudros. Transferred on No. 1 HS 'Devanha' to Malta, 2 August 1915; admitted to St George's Hospital, 5 August 1915. Transferred to England, 26 August 1915; admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 15 September 1915. Embarked on 'Olympic' to rejoin MEF, 15 November 1915; disembarked Lemnos, 3 December 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 7 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Appointed Lance Corporal, 12 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 28 March 1916. Promoted Corporal, 30 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 9 November 1916 (gun shot wound, right arm); embarked for England, 14 November 1916, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, 15 November 1916; discharged, 1 December 1916. Married Mary HAMONET, 62 Field Side Road, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, England [date not recorded on file].

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 March 1917; rejoined unit, 15 March 1917.

Promoted Sergeant, 7 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

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

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