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Andrew Charles HUTTON

Regimental number1184
Place of birthCarlton, Victoria
SchoolEastern Road State School, South Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationPacker
Address2 Cecil Place, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, W Hutton, 2 Cecil Place, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date27 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1/10/1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollSGT
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Congratulatory Card


Recommendation date: 30 August 1916

FateKilled in Action 28/9/1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death23.2
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
72
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary HUTTON. Native of Victoria

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