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William Carr McCASKER

Regimental number166
Place of birthBoggabilla, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPipe moulder
AddressGoondiwindi East, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinWife, Mrs Stella Alice McCasker, 'Caramba', Hope Street, South Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date8 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularJuly 31st 1917 during an advance E. of Messines, this N.C.O. was in charge of a Platoon. His platoon was hold up by wire and machine gun fire from a shell hole so 20 yds in front. The Cpl forced his way alone forcing the garrison to surrender with their gun intact this action earned him the Militalry Medal.
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe 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
135
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Carr and Annie McCASKER, Mooroobie, Goondiwindi, Queensland; husband of S.A. McCASKER
Medals

Military Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Family/military connectionsPte C.E. Mc Caster No173, 42nd Bn., M.G.S. killed in action (brother of the above soldier No.116)
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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