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Edward Hunt PATEN

Regimental number5101
Place of birthWalton, Ashgrove, Brisbane, Queensland
SchoolBrisbane Boys Grammar School, Queensland
ReligionCongregational
OccupationJackaroo
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eliza Paten, Walton, Ashgrove, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date13 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 4 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll5101A
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 15 July 1917
Place of death or woundingPloegsteert, Belgium
Age at death21
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
149
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Youngest son of Jesse and Hunt PATEN, Walton, Ashgrove, Brisbane, Queensland
Family/military connectionsSisters: Sister Eunice Muriel PATEN, Royal Red Cross; Sister Pearl PATEN, Australian Army Nursing Service; Brother-in-law: 5129 WOII Andrew Gordon WOODYARD, 29th Bn, died of wounds, 10 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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