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Leslie Joseph McCRABB

Regimental number7054
Date of birth1894
Place of birthTallygaroopna, Victoria
SchoolMarungi State School, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarm hand
AddressMarungi, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, J. McCrabb, Marungi, Victoria
Enlistment date29 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death22.11
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
47
Family/military connectionsCousins (1st): 36882 Gunner William Lionel MOSS, 12th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 21 December 1918; 6088 Pte Charles Cecil MOSS, 2nd Divisional Train, returned to Australia, 18 July 1919; 909 Sergeant Lawrence Stanley Vivian MOSS, 5th Bn, returned to Australia, 23 October 1918; 1325 Lance Corporal Byron Clifford MOSS, 29th Bn, returned to Australia, 12 November 1916; [530] Lt William Henry GRAY, 1st Light Horse, effective abroad.~
Other details

War service: embarked Melbourne, 23 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 29 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France from 2nd Training Bn, 3 May 1917; taken on strength, 6th Bn, 21 May 1917.

Reported Missing in Action, Passchendaele, Belgium, 4 October 1917. Confirmed as Killed in Action by Court of Enquiry, 28 November 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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