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William POMFRET

Regimental number1590
Place of birthManchester, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBushman
AddressMyall Creek, Bingara, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 3.5"
Weight114 lbs
Next of kinFather, R Pomfret, 14 Mary Street, Regent Road, Salford, Manchester, England
Previous military serviceServed in the Manchester 3rd Bn, Volunteers [? not clear from Attestion Form]
Enlistment date16 March 1916
Place of enlistmentArmidale, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 June 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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
122
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 4 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, Eng;land, 9 July 1916.

On Command, Aldershot School, 30 September 1916.

Admitted to hospital (date not recorded); marched in to 9th Taining Bn from hospital, 14 December 1916 (no further details recorded).

Found guilty, 27 December 1916, of failing to appear at a place of parade appointed by his CO: awarded 14 days' detention.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 January 1917; taken on strength, 33rd Bn, in the field, 20 January 1917.

Admitted to 11th Field Ambulance, 16 March 1917 (enteritis); transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 17 March 1917; discharged to duty, 31 March 1917, and rejoined Bn.

Killed in action, 8 June 1917.

Handwritten notation on Form B103: 'Buried in the vicinity of Messines'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, POMFRET William

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