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Hughie Norman JONES

Regimental number3800
Place of birthBurketown, Queensland
SchoolChristian Brothers School, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationGrocer
AddressGarrick Street, West End, Townsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18.8
Height5' 6.5"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M A Shannon, c/o Mrs Lachlan, West End, Garrick Street, Townsville, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets.
Enlistment date20 September 1915
Place of enlistmentTownsville, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 30 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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
148
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary Ann JONES, Garrick Street, West End, Townsville, Queensland. Native of Burketown, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to Dermatological Hospital, Cairo, 7 February 1916; discharged to Base Details, 17 March 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 40 days.

Taken on strength, 49th Bn, Serapeum, 2 April 1916.

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, 8 April 1916 (mumps); transferred to 54th Casualty Clearing Station, 25 April 1916; discharged to duty, 30 May 1916.

Found guilty, 20 May 1916, of being absent without leave from 1930, 17 May, to 1730, 19 May 1916: forfeited 3 days' pay under Royal Warrant, and awarded forfeiture of 10 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 12 October 1916 (gun shot wounds, back and hand), and admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, and then transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 15 October 1916, and admitted to 13th General Hospital, Boulogne; transferred to England, 17 October 1916, and admitted to 1st Western General Hospital, 18 October 1916 (multiple gunshot wounds); discharged on furlough, 13 January 1917, to report to Infantry Draft Depot, Perham Downs, 29 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 February 1917; rejoined 49th Bn, in the field, 30 March 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 6 April 1917 (gun shot wound, left shoulder), and admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, and then transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 16th General Hospital, Rouen, 7 April 1917; to England, 17 April 1917, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 19 April 1917; discharged on furlough, 4 June 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 19 June 1917.

Found guilty, 2 February 1917, of being absent without leave from 3 pm, 29 January, to 4.30 pm, 31 January 1917: awarded 7 days confined to camp, and forfeited 3 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 August 1917; rejoined 49th Bn, in the field, 22 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, JONES Hughie Norman

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