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Thomas William MILLARD

Regimental number771
Place of birthNarrandera, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressTwynham Street, Narrandera, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 7.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinWife, Marian Joan Millard, North Yass, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, B Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1979
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Company
FateKilled in Action 30 September 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), 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
178
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Taken on strength, 5th Machine Gun Company, Moascar, 8 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 March 1916.

Appointed Driver, 9 May 1916.

Found guilty, 2 September 1916, of being absent without leave from 2 pm, 31 August, to 8 pm, 2 September 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 January 1917.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, 1 August 1917.

Reverted to the ranks, 23 May 1917.

Killed in action, 30 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MILLARD Thomas William
Red Cross File No 1770504O

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