|Place of birth||Winshill, nr Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Engla|
|School||Board School, Winshill, Staffordshire, England|
|Age on arrival in Australia||19|
|Address||59 Jersey Street, Jolimont, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Eliz Taylor, 4 Lechfield Road, Tamworth, England|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||28th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/45/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||28th Battalion|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Migrated alone to Australia.|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death||24|
|Age at death from cemetery records||23|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The 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
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915. Admitted to 16th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 September 1915 (crushed toes); transferred to Malta and admitted to Tigne Hospital, 21 September 1915; transferred to Ghain Tuffieha, 2 October 1915. Embarked for Gallipoli, 17 October 1915; admitted to Advance Base, Mudros, 18 October 1915; rejoined 28 Bn, Gallipoli, 5 November 1915. Disembarked Alexandria ex Mudros, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 21 March 1916.
Found guilty, Field General Court Martial, 12 April 1916, of (1) when on Active Service, Drunkenness, in that he at Steenbacque on 30/3/16 was drunk; (2) conduct to the prejudice of good order and Military Discipline, in that he at Steenbacque on 30/3/16, did incite No. 695 Pte Sharpe to resist arrest; (3) when on Active Service, disobeying a lawful command given by his superior officer, in that he at Steenbacque on 30/3/16, when ordered by Sgt Dawson 1114, 28th Bn, to put out a candle burning in his billet, did not do so: sentenced to 3 years' penal servitude, and thereafter to be discharged with ignominy from His Majesty's Service. Sentenced confirmed by GOC, 7th Infantry Brigade, 18 April 1916; sentence commuted to 90 days' Field Punishment No. 2 by GOC, 2nd Australian Division, 30 May 1916.
Wounded in action, 29 July 1916 (gun shot wound, right foot); admitted to 23rd General Hospital, Etaples, 30 July 1916; transferred to England, 2 August 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital. Transferred to No. 2 Auxiliary Hospital, 1 November 1916; discharged to No. 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 4 November 1916. Found guilty, Wareham, of being absent without leave from Tattoo, 12 January, to 10 pm, 14 January 1917: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks, and forfeited 3 days' pay. Proceeded overseas to France, 28 June 1917; rejoined Bn, 18 July 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917. Court of Enquiry, held 27 September 1917, confirmed fate as 'killed in action'.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal