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Arthur Stanley LEHEY

Regimental number2849
Date of birthAugust 1890
Place of birthFitzroy, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBarman
AddressNewmarket Hotel, Pier Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, George Lehey, Commercial Street, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Enlistment date2 November 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 29 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
44
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2815 Pte Claude Michael LEAHY, 9th Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, 31 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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