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Richard Vincent PALMER

Regimental number3597
Date of birth20 July 1889
Place of birthGoulburn, New South Wales
ReligionWesleyan
OccupationLabourer
AddressPine View, Eulah Road, Narrabri, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, W Palmer, Pine View, Eulah Road, Narrabri, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 13 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 22 September 1917
Date of death22 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records28
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
41
Family/military connectionsCousin: [3891] Lt Paul Jerome TIMMINS, 20th Bn, returned to Australia, 11 August 1918; Second Cousins: 1880 Pte Roy Shiel BASSINGTHWAIGHTE, 55th Bn, returned to Australia, 22 July 1917; 6030 Pte Arthur Mervyn BASSINGTHWAIGHTE, 1st Divisional Train, returned to Australia, 4 July 1919; 1694 Driver Oscar John RIDGE, 1st Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 8 May 1919; 4863 Pte Ernest William BROADHEAD, 38th Bn, returned to Australia, 30 April 1919; 38787 Gunner George William Henry BROADHEAD, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 3 July 1919; 2430 Pte Leslie Leonard BROADHEAD, 1st Bn, returned to Australia, 20 April 1919; Sister Stella Antoinette BROADHEAD, Australian Army Nursing Service, returned to Australia, 24 February 1919.~
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916; transferred to 2nd Field Butchery, 9 March 1916.

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

Wounded in action, 6 May 1917 (shell wound, head); rejoined unit, 11 June 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 22 September 1917.

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

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