|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Address||Beach Street, Double Bay, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||24|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs A M Monkhouse, Beach Street, Double Bay, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||4th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/21/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lance Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||56th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||26|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.
The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.
On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.
After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Ernest and Annie MONKHOUSE, "Lansdowne", Beach Street, Double Bay, New South Wales|
'At LOUVERVAL on the 2nd April, 1917, this N.C.O. who was one of a small attacking party, displayed conspicuous bravery during an attack on a large barn which was strongly held and which appeared to be a Headquarters. After the barn was cleared, Lance Corporal MONKHOUSE, who was No. 1 on a Lewis Gun, managed single handed to get his gun into action acing the sunken road along which about forty Germans were retiring. By his speedy action he was able to kill twenty Germans, including an Officer. 2nd Lieutenant H.L. DAVIES personally counted the bodies. Later he was left in charge of 5 men to hold a small post near the barn, until extra men could be sent up. By his personal bravery and devotion to duty he inspired confidence in the men and was thus largely instrumental in holding the post, which afterwards came under heavy shell fire. Lance Corporal MONKHOUSE remained in charge of the post until wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
|Other details||Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|