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James Stephen PARRY

Regimental number2517
Place of birthZeehan, Tasmania
SchoolState School, Tasmania
AddressPedro Street, Devonport East, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs H Parry, Pedro Street, Devonport East, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil (exempt area for Compulsory Service scheme)
Enlistment date1 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 17 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll47th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 June 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), 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
Parents: Henry and Ellen PARRY. Native of Tasmania
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Alexandria for Gallipoli, 31 October 1915; joined 15th Bn at Gallipoli, 13 November 1915. Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 23 December 1915. Admitted to No. 1 Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 10 January 1916; transferred to No. 3 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 11 January 1916; discharged to Overseas Base, 24 March 1916. Transferred to 47th Bn, undated.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 14 June 1916; taken on strength, 47th Bn, France, 19 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 11 August 1916 (gun shot wound, left forearm); transferred to England, 14 August 1916, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, 15 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 November 1916; rejoined unit, 3 January 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 9 June 1917.

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

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