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Harold William LEMME

Regimental number5424
Place of birthWindsor, Victoria
SchoolMelbourne Church of England Grammar School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationManufacturer's agent
Address31 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinS H Lemme, 341 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets and Melbourne Rifle Club.
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was recommended for his commission on the field. Represented Victoria v NSW and SA at Lawn Tennis. He was a member of the St Kilda Cricket Club first eleven.
FateKilled in Action 19 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death29
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
47
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Sweyn and Catherine LEMME, 341 Collins Street, Melbourne
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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