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Harold William HARLOW

Regimental number6280
Place of birthRushden, Northamptonshire, England
SchoolRaunds Weselyan School
Age on arrival in Australia13
AddressStrezlecki, via Korumburra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 4"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr T Harlow, Strezlecki, via Korumburra, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 April 1916
Place of enlistmentKorumburra, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 11 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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: Thomas and Mary HARLOW, Ellinbank, Victoria, Australia. Native of Rushden, Northants, England
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2376 Pte Edward Arthur Jordan HARLOW, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 13 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 September 1916; found guilty, at sea, 25 October 1916, of inattention on parade: awarded 2 days' extra fatigue; disembarked Plymouth, England, 26 October 1916; marched in to 2nd Training Bn.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 December 1916; taken on strength, 5th Bn, in the field, 22 December 1916.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Buried about 300 yards SW of Glencorse Wood, about 2 miles W of Becelaere; grave subsequently lost.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARLOW Harold William

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