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Daniel McCLIFTY

Regimental number2366
Place of birthGlen Innes, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBolivia, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 10.5"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinFather, Daniel McClifty, Bolivia, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 April 1916
Place of enlistmentBolivia, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 June 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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
122
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 17 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917; marched in to 9th Training Bn, 12 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1917; taken on strength, 33rd Bn, in the field, 19 March 1917.

Killed in action, 8 June 1917.

Handwritten notation on 'Statement of Service: 'Buried in the vicinity of Messines. VR 10 Sh. 4'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsMedical examiner at attestation noted: '--- Toe on left foot is deformed'.
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCLIFTY Daniel

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