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Regimental number6556
Place of birthNungeela, Victoria
SchoolRoseneath State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNangeela, Casterton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinFather, Robert Tuffnell, Nangeela, Casterton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name5th Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 11 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Company Engineers
FateKilled in Action 30 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death34
Age at death from cemetery records34
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Corndale State School No 2716 Roll of Honor. Commemorated in Casterton Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: Robert (d. 28 August 1925, aged 80; bu. Casterton) and Mary Ann (d. 17 November 1923, aged 78; bu. Casterton) TUFFNELL, Mangeela, Casterton, Victoria
Family/military connectionsNephew: 4591 Pte John Morris PICKEN, 14th Bn, killed in action, 18 May 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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