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John Leslie TOOTH

Regimental number549
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDrover
AddressKent Brewery, George Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, A.W. Tooth, Kent Brewery, George Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date21 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 21 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 June 1917
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), 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
179
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur William and Isabel Clara Gaden TOOTH, Sydney, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1585 Pte Arthur Neville TOOTH, 17th Bn, returned to Australia, 3 March 1916.

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