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Roy Edwin QUINTAL

Regimental number3086
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
SchoolState School, Hastings, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressSorell, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Harriet Quintal, Sorell PO, Sorell, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 10 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 5 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death26.6
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe 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
133
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Harriett QUINTAL, Somerset, North West Coast, Tasmania. Native of Hobart, Tasmania
Family/military connectionsCousin: 58 Corporal Fletcher Evelyn QUINTAL, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 7 January 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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