|Place of birth||Mildura, Victoria|
|Address||Subiaco, Rydalmere, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Father, Syd J A Towns, Subiaco, Rydalmere, Sydney, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||17th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/34/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||17th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||23|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
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|Parents: John Aymer and Mary Ann TOWNS, Guildford Road, Guildford, New South Wales. Native of Mildura, Victoria|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Taken on strength, 17th Bn, 5 February 1916. Found guilty of being absent without leave, 2-7 pm, 27 February 1916: awarded confinement to barracks for 3 days and forfeiture of 1 day's pay.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 March 1916.
Wounded in action, 26 July 1916 (gun shot wound, back); admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 5 August 1916; transferred to 23rd General Hospital, Etaples, 6 August 1916; discharged to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, 29 August 1916; rejoined Bn, Belgium, 21 September 1916.
To hospital, 28 January 1917; rejoined Bn, 29 January 1917. To hospital, 1 May 1917 (influenza); rejoined Bn, 13 May 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal