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Joseph Albert FARAGHER

Regimental number5697
Place of birthDouglas, Isle of Man
SchoolPublic School
Other trainingNil
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressGPO, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinSister, Mrs C Rimmer, 16 Devonshire Road, High Park, Southport, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on 15 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 August 1917
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Age at death26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), 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
138
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Fremantle, 15 July 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 1 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 November 1916.

Wounded in action, 28 February 1917 (gun shot wound, left knee); transferred to England, 5 March 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital (wound: severe). Granted furlough, 2 April 1917, to report to No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 17 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 May 1917; rejoined Bn, 19 June 1917. Appointed Lance Corporal, 11 July 1917; Temporary Corporal, 24 July 1917.

Killed in action, 2 August 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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