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Frederick Herbert Aylett LARKMAN

Regimental number3076
Place of birthLondon, England
Other NamesFrederick Hubert
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCook
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 7.25"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinFather, F J Larkman, 11 Walpole Gardens, Gunnesbury, London, England
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Surrey Imperial Yeomanry; resigned.
Enlistment date16 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 26 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records37
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
166
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederic and Sarah LARKMAN, 11 Walpole Gardens, Gunnersbury, London
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 6th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916. Transferred to 58th Bn, Serapeum, 17 February 1916. Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 30 March 1916 (injured toenail); transferred to No. 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 30 March 1916; to 8th Field Ambulance, 31 March 1916; discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 1 April 1916.

Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 29 November 1916 (trench feet); admitted to No. 2 General Hospital, Havre, 30 November 1916; transferred to England, 5 December 1916, and admitted to V.A. Hospital, Exeter, 5 December 1916. Discharged to furlough, 3 February 1917, to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 20 February 1917. Proceeded overto France, 25 April 1917; rejoined unit, 30 April 1917.

Reported missing in action, 26 September 1917; Court of Enquiry, 17 February 1918, concluded fate as killed in action, 26 September 1917.

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

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