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Charles FARRY

Regimental number2835
Place of birthAshfield, Sydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrocer
Address30 Alphington Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinBrother, H Farry, 30 Alphington Street, Ashfield, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
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
29
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 1st Bn, Tel el Kebir, 6 January 1916. Appointed Temporary Corporal, 12 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 28 March 1916. Appointed Corporal, 26 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 22-25 July 1916; admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 23 July 1916 (gun shot wound, buttock); transferred to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 24 July 1916; to 6th Convalescent Depot, 17 August 1916; rejoined unit, 8 November 1916.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 10 December 1916.

Joined No. 4 Officer Cadet Bn, Oxford, England, 9 March 1917; appointed 2nd Lt, 28 June 1917.

Killed in action, 4 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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