|Place of birth||Penguin, Tasmania|
|School||State School, Penguin, Tasmania|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Age at embarkation||18|
|Next of kin||Sister, Miss Ruth Naylor, Penguin, Tasmania|
|Previous military service||Nil (lived in an exempt area under the Compulsory Military Service scheme).|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||12th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/29/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||52nd Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||France|
|Age at death||21|
|Age at death from cemetery records||20|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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
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|Parents: Henry and Ethel NAYLOR. Native of Penguin, Tasmania|
|Family/military connections||Brothers: 397/479 Sapper Henry Urinston NAYLOR, 3rd Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 23 September 1918; 385 Pte Ira Charles NAYLOR, 12th Bn, returned to Australia, 7 January 1916; 386 Pte Urinston Burney Alexander NAYLOR, 52nd Bn, died of wounds, 16 October 1917; 388A Pte Theophilus Metcalf NAYLOR, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 8 October 1918; 3150 Pte Frederick Alexander NAYLOR, 40th Bn, killed in action, 28 March 1918.~|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 11 September 1915. Taken on strength, 12th Bn, Gallipoli, 17 September 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 6 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
Transferred to 52nd Bn, 1 March 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 12 June 1916.
Detached to Mining Section, 13th BHQ, 17 January 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 24 February 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 16 July 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal