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Albert Ernest HARRISON

Regimental number2070
Place of birthKyneton, Victoria
SchoolSwanston Street State School, Geelong, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinBrother, Mr Harrison, 93 Banks Street, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date2 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 15 October 1917
Age at death26
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
46
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Ernest and Jessie HARRISON. Native of Geelong, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 328 Pte Allan HARRISON, 14th Bn, died of wounds, 9 June 1915; [2886] Lt Walter Rufus HARRISON (not on Nominal Roll).
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

Wounded in action, 8 May 1915 (gun shot wound, back); admitted to Imtarfa Hospital, Malta, 17 May 1915. Embarked for England, 26 August 1915; admitted to Military Hospital, Endell Street, London, 9 September 1915 (defective teeth). Embarked from A&NZ Base, Weymouth, with 17th Draft to rejoin Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 4 February 1916; rejoined 6th Bn, Serapeum, Egypt, 11 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 2 April 1916.

Killed in action, Belgium, 15 October 1917.

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

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