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Frank Herbert TREBILCOCK

Regimental number2489
Place of birthFifth Creek, South Australia
SchoolMontacute Public School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationGardener
AddressFifth Creek, Montacute, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Mr Thomas Trebilcock, 'Hill View', Fifth Creek, Montacute, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 21 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
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
111
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Mr T.T. and Mrs S.H. TREBILCOCK. Native of Fifth Creek, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 19604 Gunner Lancelot Eric TREBILCOCK, Artillery Details, returned to Australia, 25 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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