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Anthony Leslie PRYDE

Regimental number1806
Place of birthNorth Brighton, Victoria
SchoolScotch College, Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
Address'Boston', Leura Road, Double Bay, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs A M E Pryde, Benelong Road, Neutral Bay, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameLight Trench Mortar Battery, Reinforcement 5
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/130/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 2 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 October 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
30
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Anthony and Fanny PRYDE; husband of A. PRYDE, 'Lesleigh', Beresford Street, Caulfield, Melbourne. Native of North Brighton, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 34217 Driver Donald PRYDE, 4th Divisional Signal Company, returned to Australia, 15 September 1918; 34218 Sapper Noel PRYDE MM, 4th Divisional Signal Company, returned to Australia, 5 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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