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Albert Clarence WESTBURY

Regimental number3011
Place of birthGilbert Street, Adelaide, South Australia
SchoolPublic School
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationConfectioner
Address34 Halifax Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, Albert Westbury, Landrowna Terrace, Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military service78th Infantry; Served in Cadets.
Enlistment date14 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 6 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death19.11
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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
151
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Albert and Ellen WESTBURY
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3399 Pte James Joseph Percival WESTBURY, Australian Corps Working Party, returned to Australia, 3 September 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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