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Weldon James MORGAN

Regimental number2208
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
Address11 Robb Street, Essendon, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinFather, W J Morgan, 11 Robb Street, Essendon, Victoria
Enlistment date8 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 17 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records34
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Weldon James and Mary Ann MORGAN, 55 McCurron Parade, Essendon, Victoria. Native of London, England
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 453 Pte Cecil Harvey MORGAN, 7th Bn, returned to Australia, 8 October 1918; 6544 Pte Ernest Richard MORGAN, 7th Bn, returned to Australia, 9 February 1919; 343 Pte Leslie Meaden MORGAN, 8th Bn, returned to Australia, 1 November 1917.
Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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