|Place of birth||Mount Gambier, South Australia|
|Place of birth||Mt Gambier, South Australia|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||c/o Premier Dining Rooms, Port Adelaide, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs B McArthur, Murat Bay, South Australia|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||16th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/33/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sergeant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||48th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||22|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), 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
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|Parents: John and Beatrice McARTHUR, Murat Bay, South Australia. Native of Mount Gambier, South Australia|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Allotted to 48th Bn, 9 May 1915.
Admitted to 12th Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 29 April 1916, and transferred same day to 54th Casualty Clearing Station (mumps); discharged to and rejoined unit, 15 May 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.
Wounded in action, 6 August 1916 (shell shock: severe); admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 7 August 1916; transferred to 4th General Hospital, Camiers, 8 August 1916; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 10 August 1916.
Found guilty, 19 August 1916, of being absent from Tattoo till 10.15 pm, 18 August 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Admitted to No 2 stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 22 August 1916 (varicocele); discharged to unit, 24 August 1916; rejoined unit, in the field in France, 31 August 1916.
Appointed Lance Corporal, 3 November 1916; promoted Corporal, 9 May 1917; Sergeant, 25 April 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 1 October 1917.
Buried Westhoek Ridge at J.7.B.7.7. Sheet 28 NE.
Grave subsequently lost.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal