The AIF Project

Arthur John HUBBLE

Regimental number2620
Place of birthNorth Cottage, Cannonbury, Islington, England
Age on arrival in Australia17
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, A J Hubble, c/o Mrs Cooper, 166 Cambridge Road, Kilburn, London, England
Enlistment date13 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 21 October 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Courage and initiative while in charge of Lewis gun post. (Lagnicourt 15 April 1917).
Recommendation date: 23 April 1917

FateKilled in Action 6 October 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death23
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
66
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He handled his machine gun section with great skill, and although surrounded by the enemy succeeded in effecting his withdrawal. He was wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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