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Frank FEALY

Regimental number267
Place of birthWangaratta, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMiner
AddressEldorado, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10.5"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinFather, Alfred Fealy, Eldorado, Victoria
Previous military serviceWas a member of the Eldorado Rifle Club.
Enlistment date17 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name37th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingMenin Road, Belgium
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
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
43
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in El Dorado Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: Alfred Thomas and Elizabeth FEALY, El Dorado, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Melbourne, 3 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 September 1916. Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 18 January 1917 (hernia); transferred to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 20 January 1917; to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 27 January 1917; to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 27 February 1917; discharged to Base Details, 31 March 1917; rejoined Bn, 10 May 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Parents originally requested the Star of David to be incised on the headstone; when Base Records pointed out, in seeking confirmation, that the Star of David was 'typical of the Jewish faith', father replied requesting that the Cross be used instead.

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