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Henry WALKER

Regimental number4905
Place of birthSandgate, Queensland
SchoolSandgate State School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressOxford Street, Sandgate, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Walker, Oxford Street, Sandgate, Queensland
Enlistment date27 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 28 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death26
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
57
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Annie WALKER
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 7078 Lance Corporal Arthur WALKER, returned to Australia, 4 July 1919; 6826 Pte Maurice WALKER, 49th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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