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Leslie Ellis MANN

Regimental number6543
Place of birthLondonderry, Ireland
SchoolNational School, also Academy, Co Derry, Ireland
Age on arrival in Australia26
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
Addressc/o Rev H P Thomas, The Vicarage, Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 10.5"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M H Mann, Victoria Terrace, Port Stewart, Co Derry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 May 1916
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 3 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records30
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
30
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 7 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 21 November 1916. Marched in to 1st Training Bn, 11 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 April 1917; taken on strength, 1st Bn, in the field, 2 May 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 3 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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