|Place of birth||Thebarton, South Australia|
|School||Public School, South Australia|
|Address||367 Station Street, North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||20|
|Next of kin||Father, William Welch, Lygon Hotel, Lygon Street, Carlton, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served with the Militia.|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||10th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/27/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT Themistocles on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||10th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death||23|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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: Mr W and Mrs M WELCH|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Embarked from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 2 March 1915. Wounded in action, 25-29 April 1915 (gun shot wound, right foot and thigh). Embarked from Alexandria for England, 3 May 1915; disembarked Southampton, 12 May 1915, and admitted to Craylingwell War Hospital, Chichester. Three periods of treatment for venereal disease: 23-30 June 1915 (8 days); 25 September-5 October 1915(11 days); 27 November-22 December 1915 (26 days). Married Rose, Nurse, England (date not recorded on file). Disembarked Alexandria ex Devonport, 5 March 1916; rejoined 10th Bn, Serapeum, 10 March 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 3 April 1916.
Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 10 November 1916; rejoined Bn, 15 November 1916.
Killed in action, Belgium, 7 October 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal