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Albert KORN

Regimental number5229
Place of birthEidsvold, Queensland
SchoolEidsvold State School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMount Perry, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23.6
Height5' 11"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Schmoker, c/o Mrs A Campbell, Mount Perry, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll47th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Minnie CAMPBELL (formerly KORN), Mt. Perry, Queensland, and the late Jacob KORN. Native of Eidsvold, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 31 March 1916; marched into Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 5 May 1916.

Transferred to 47th Bn, Tel el Kebir.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 14 June 1916.

Admitted to 12th Field Ambulance, 12 September 1916 (mumps), and transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station; to 14th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 15 September 1916; to England, 3 October 1916, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 5 October 1916; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 10 October 1916; marched into 12th Training Bn, Codford, 31 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 February 1917; rejoined 47th from hospital, 11 February 1917.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 12 August 1917 (debility); rejoined unit, in the field, 16 August 1917.

Reported missing in action, 12 October 1917.

Court of Enquiry, 11 March 1918, concluded: 'Killed in action, 12 October 1917.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, KORN Albert

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