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Harold Archie LOARING

Regimental number6704
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
SchoolHeidelberg State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationOrchardist
AddressLawnbrook, Bickley, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Albert Charles Russell Lawnbrook, Bickley, Western Australia
Enlistment date20 March 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 27 September 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death22.11
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
80
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Albert and Maria LOARING, "Lawnbrook", Bickley, Western Australia. Native of South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother of William Henry Loaring.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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