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Harry OULTON

Regimental number33231
Place of birthBowdon, Cheshire, England
SchoolBrighton Road State School, St Kilda, Victoria
Other trainingWorking Men's College
Age on arrival in Australia1
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlumber
Address32 Byron Street, St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, F R Oulton, 32 Byron Street, St Kilda, Victoria
Enlistment date27 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade, February 1917 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/128/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 11 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularMember of the St Kilda Rifle Club, Victoria.
FateKilled in Action 13 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death28
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
18
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Fred Robert and Emily OULTON, 32 Byron Road, St. Kilda, Melbourne. Native of Bowden, Cheshire, England
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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