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Williams ISLES

Regimental number741
Place of birthWarercakbenal Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressWarracknabeal, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Henry Isles, 165 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date9 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A4 Pera on 8 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 11 October 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be William Isles on NR
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
17
Other detailsMedals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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