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Walter Herbert Emerton LAMAN

Regimental number805
Place of birthNelson Bay, New South Wales
SchoolNelson Bay Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNelson's Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 4.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, Walter Edward Laman, Nelson's Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales
Previous military serviceMember of the Legion of Frontiersmen prior to enlisting.
Enlistment date13 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name36th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death22.5
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), 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: Walter and Emmeline LAMAN, Nelson's Bay, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousin: 5137 Pte George Thomas LAMAN, 2nd Bn, killed in action, 24 December 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 13 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 9 June 1917 (gassed); rejoined Bn, 16 June 1917.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 12 June 1917; reverted to Private, 13 July 1917. Promoted Corporal, 14 July 1917; Lance Sergeant, 1 August 1917.

Reported missing in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917; fate confirmed as killed in action, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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