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Cecil Francis FLOYD

Regimental number4013
Place of birthGympie, Queensland
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressGympie, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 10"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinStep-Father, James Uprichard, Black Soil, near Ipswich, Queensland
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A36 Boonah on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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
118
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 21 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 10 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France from 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 28 March 1917; taken on strength, 31st Bn, in the field, 2 April 1917.

Found guilty, 5 June 1917, of being absent without leave from 8.45 am, 2 June, to 7 am, 4 June 1917: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 6 days' pay.

Found guilty, 18 July 1917, of being absent without leave from 5.45 am, 16 July, to 11 pm. 15 July 1917: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 4 days' pay.

Killed in action, 26 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsOccupation incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as insurance agent.
SourcesNAA: B2455, FLOYD Cecil Francis

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