|Place of birth||Gormandale, Victoria|
|School||State School, Gormandale, Victoria|
|Other training||Member of the Gormandale Rifle Club|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Gormandale via Rosedale, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||29|
|Next of kin||Father, John Walter Power, Gormandale via Rosedale, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Nil. Previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of teeth.|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Rank on enlistment||Corporal|
|Unit name||37th Battalion, B Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/54/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Company Sergeant Major|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||37th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||30|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), 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
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|Parents: Walter and Eureka POWER, Gormandale, Victoria|
War service: Western Front
Embarked from Melbourne, 3 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 July 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916.
Appointed Temporary Lance Sergeant, 1 March 1917; Lance Sergeant, 3 April 1917; Temporary Sergeant, 3 April 1917; Sergeant, 24 April 1917.
Wounded in action, 7-9 June 1917 (gun shot wound, head); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 9 June 1917; discharged to unit, 19 June 1917.
Promoted Temporary Company Sergeant Major, 10 August 1917.
Killed in action, 4 October 1917.
Base Records informed the RSSILA, 26 January 1922, that 'the only available information regarding the laet soldier's burial is that his remains were interred in a field north of ZONNEBEKE. In the absence of official advice of registration it must reluctantly be concluded that the Graves Registration Units have not yet succeeded in locating his final resting place. The surface of the whole battlefield area has been searched six times and some places twenty times since the Armistice, but it is possible that bodies will continue to be found for years as the work of re-construction progresses.'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal