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Bertram Michael KINSELLA

Regimental number3056
Place of birthSouth Yarra Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressCora Lynn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, M J Kinsella, Cora Lynn, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records32
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
166
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Michael James and Susan KINSELLA, Cora Lynn, Victoria. Native of Melbourne
Family/military connectionsBrother: 920 Pte Norman Francis KINSELLA, 13th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 3 May 1919.
Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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