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Charles Henry Cue Pitt NIND

Regimental number1247
Date of birth21 July 1881
Place of birthMaffra, Victoria
Place of birthWarragul, Victoria
SchoolMaffra State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMaffra, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs Cecily Blanche Nind, 81 Grosvenor Street, East St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date10 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Date of death12 October 1917
Age at death35
Age at death from cemetery records35
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
Son of Charles Pitt and the late Harriet Nind. Husband of Cecily Nind of 19 Knox Street, East Malvern, Victoria.
Family/military connectionsCousins: 5647 Corporal Ronald Keith NIND, 28th Bn, killed in action, 10 June 1918; 2828 Pte Phillip Robert NIND, 51st Bn, returned to Australia, 22 February 1917 (died 17 June 1919); 3852 Pte John Pitt NIND, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia 8 July 1919; 7789 Pte Augustus Pitt NIND, 16th Bn, returned to Australia, 8 January 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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