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Harry Shepherdson THRUM

Regimental number918
Place of birthQuorn South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
Address211 Barker Road, Subiaco, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Edith Thrum, 49 St Leonard's Avenue, West Leederville, Western Australia
Previous military service86th Infantry
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion Machine Gun Section
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), 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
138
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward Henry and Elizabeth Edith THRUM, 349 Robert's Road, Subiaco, Western Australia. Native of Quorn, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 257 Pte Norman Horatio THRUM, 11th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 July 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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