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Albert Charles TABER

Regimental number1901
Place of birthLongford, Tasmania
SchoolHagley State School, Tasmania
AddressBracknell, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Isabel Ida Taber, Bracknell, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 May 1916
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 8 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death38
Age at death from cemetery records38
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles Alfred and Emmeline TABER; husband of Mrs. I.I. TABER, Mangana, Tasmania. Native of Longford, Tasmania
Family/military connectionsCousin: Albert CHADWICK, killed in action [cannot yet be further identified: not in the AIF].
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Hobart, 8 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 30 September 1916. and taken on strength, 10th Training Bn, Codford.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1916.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 14 December 1916 (septic right knee); transferred to 8th Casualty Clearing Station, 15 December 1916; discharged to duty, 20 December 1916.

Wounded in action, 23 December 1916 (gun shot wound, left leg), and admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 16 Casualty Clearing Station, 23 December 1916; to Ambulance Train No 18, 27 December 1916, and admitted to St John Ambulance Training Hospital, Etaples, 28 December 1916; transferred to England, 11 January 1917, and admitted to Clandon Park Hospital, Woolwich, 12 January 1917 (wound: slight); discharged on furlough, 19 February 1917, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 6 March 1917.

Transferred to 69th Bn, Wareham, 23 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 August 1917; taken on strength, 40th Bn, in the field, 1 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

CO, 40th Bn, stated: 'Private Taber was killed instantly by a shell during the attack east of Ypres on the 4th October, 1917. He was killed at the first objective.'

Buried; grave subsequently lost.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TABER Albert Charles

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