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Erle HENDERSON

Regimental number6580
Place of birthCamp Station near Casino, New South Wales
SchoolSouthport High School, Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationGrazier
AddressMyrtle Creek, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, C Henderson, Myrtle Creek, Casino, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the School Cadets
Enlistment date27 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/6
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was a brilliant scholar. His prospects were magnificent. (details from Father)
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
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
104
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Cunningham and Marion HENDERSON, 'Mynumi', Coraki, New South Wales. Native of Casino, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousins: Lt Lachlan McAllister HENDERSON, Provest Marshal, Liverpool Camp, NSW, died of pneumonia in 1915; six who served in France: all survived.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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