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John Neill HENDRY

Regimental number3147
Place of birthHindmarsh, South Australia
SchoolPort Adelaide Public School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMariner
AddressRailway Terrace, Alberton East, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinWife, Mrs Elsie Emiline Louisa Hendry, Railway Terrace, Alberton East, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Navy
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 12 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialNo known grave
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
110
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Robina HENDRY; husband of Elsie HENDRY, 40 East Terrace, Glenelg, South Australia. Native of Hindmarsh, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: Killed in France on 2nd April. Also his three greatest friends, Pte L.J. O'Brien, 52nd Battalion late 43rd Battalion. L. O'rien, 18th Battalion and William O'Brien, 10th Battalion.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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