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Erle Hamilton HENDERSON

Regimental number4797
Place of birthNarrabri, New South Wales
SchoolState School, Brisbane, Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationSalesman
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Caroline Henderson, Lucinda Street, Taringa, Queensland
Enlistment date24 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 28 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWorked as a bank clerk before the start of the War.
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
56
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Caroline HENDERSON, 129 Kerferd Road, Albert Park, Victoria. Native of Narrabri, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 580 Lance Sergeant John Stewart HENDERSON, 26th Bn, killed in action, 29 July 1916; 575 Pte Douglas Roy HENDERSON, 26th Bn, killed in action, 29 July 1916; 2828 Pte Arthur Thomas HENDERSON, 9th Bn, returned to Australia, 25 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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