|Place of birth||Clunes, Victoria|
|School||Sebastopol State School, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||18|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Catherine Wearmouth, cnr Albert and Vickers Streets, Sebastopol, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served for 4 years in the Cadets.|
|Place of enlistment||Ballarat, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||39th Battalion, A Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/56/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||39th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death||19.8|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), 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 and Catherine WEARMOUTH|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Melbourne, 27 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 18 July 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1916.
Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 18 December 1916 (mumps); transferred to No 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 19 December 1916; to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 20 December 1916; discharged to Base Details, 10 January 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 10 January 1917.
Detached to 3rd Division School, 11 February 1917; rejoined Bn, 18 February 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Miscellaneous details||Second given name incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as William.|
|Sources||NAA: B2455, WEARMOUTH John Williams|