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Claude Eugene NANCARROW

Regimental number2366
Place of birthMaitland, New South Wales
SchoolMaitland Superior Public School, New South Wales
AddressOurimbah, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35.8
Height5' 10"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMrs Martha Nancarrow, Ourimbah, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 May 1916
Place of enlistmentGosford, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name36th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/53/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death36
Age at death from cemetery records36
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Jane NANCARROW; husband of M. NANCARROW, Ourimbah, New South Wales. Native of Maitland, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 17 October 1916; found guilty, at sea, 10 December 1916, of failing to report at place of rendezvous appointed by OC: absent from Tattoo, 7 pm, 29 November, till arrested by guard at 6.30 pm, 30 November 1916: awarded 24 hours' detention, and forfeited 2 days' pay; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917, and marched into 9th Training Bn.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1917; taken on strength, 36th Bn, in the field, 28 April 1917.Ãdmitted to 11th Field Ambulance, Belgium, 20 July 1917 (diarrhoea); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 24 July 1917; rejoined Bn, 3 August 1917.

Reported missing in action, 12 October 1917.

Court of Enquiry, 4 April 1918, concluded: 'Killed in action, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, NANCARROW Claude Eugene

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