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Cyril Linton VERSO

Regimental number11548
Date of birth5 July 1890
Place of birthHillston, New South Wales
SchoolSydney High School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSurveyor
Addressc/- Canon Verso, The Vicarage, Berrigan, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Myrel Verso, 'Begelly', Viller Street, Grafton, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name5th Field Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Promotion date: 17 May 1917

Lieutenant


Promotion date: 18 August 1917

FateKilled in Action 19 September 1917
Place of death or woundingMenin Road, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death27
Place of burialNo known grave
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
13
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Jacob and Florence Verso; husband of Myrel T Verso of 'Begelly', Viller Street, Grafton, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Taken on strength, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, 19 February 1916; transferred to 5th Artillery Brigade, 10 March 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 1 April 1916. Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 17 May 1917; transferred to 6th Field Artillery Brigade, 9 June 1917. Promoted Lieutenant, 18 August 1917. Taken on strength, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, 11 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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