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Donald McPherson TEASDALE

Regimental number760
Place of birthKangaroo Flat, Bendigo, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSalesman
AddressGrammar School, Hargreaves Street, Castlemaine, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinDonald McP Teasdale, Grammar School, Hargreaves Street, Castlemaine, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe 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
95
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915. Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 25 November 1915; transferred by HS 'Glenart Castle' to Malta; disembarked, 3 December 1915 (influenza). Admitted to St Paul's Hospital, 18 December 1915; to All Saints' Hospital, 20 January 1916; to St Andrew's Military Hospital, 16 June 1916; discharged for Active Service, 7 August 1916.

Taken on strength, 6th Training Bn, Rollestone, England, 24 August 1916. Admitted to Tidworth Hospital, 11 April 1917 (dysentery); discharged to Depot, 24 April 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 25 June 1917; joined 21st Bn, 18 July 1917.

Reported missing in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917; subsequently confirmed as killed in action.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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