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Irwin Timothy NOONAN

Regimental number3433
Place of birthViolet Town, Victoria
Other NamesTimothy Francis
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressTamleugh West via Arcadia, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 4"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinBrother, J Noonan, Tamleugh West, via Arcadia, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe 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
164
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Catharine NOONAN (nee SEVIOR)
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6057 Pte John Joseph NOONAN, 37th Bn, killed in action, 15 July 1917.
Other details

War service: taken on strength, 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 February 1916. Transferred to 57th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 24 February 1917 (frostbite, toe); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 1 March 1917; to No. 9 Ambulance Train, 3 March 1917; to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 4 March 1917 (coryza); to England, 9 March 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston. Granted furlough, 17 March 1917, to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 2 April 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 10 June 1917; rejoined Bn, 9 July 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 25 September 1917.

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

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