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Malcolm JONES

Regimental number5364
Place of birthCaulfield, Victoria
SchoolHigh School, Melbourne, Victoria
Other trainingCollege of Pharmacy, Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStudent
AddressEast Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, John Albert Jones, Dandenong Road, East Malvern, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets, Lieutenant
Enlistment date29 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularReported missing. A member of the first Commonwealth Team, gold medal, a member of the second Commonwealth Team, silver medal
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Spelt Malcolm Jones on NR
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
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
102
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Albert and Emily JONES, Dandenong Road, Caulfield East, Victoria. Native of Caulfield, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother of Major Allan Murray Jones M.G. D.F.C. was commander of 2nd Squadron of Australian Flying Corps, AIF.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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