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Mervyn Roy TICKNER

Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressSydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinWife, Mrs D Tickner, 49 Boundary Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 April 1916
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name19th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Age at death from cemetery records25
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
90
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Alice TICKNER; husband of Mrs. D. TICKNER. Native of Picton, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Mervyn Roy TICKNER. See 204 Ray TICKNER for first period of service.

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