|Place of birth||Cork Harbour, Ireland|
|School||Coantsurth Technical Institute, Ireland|
|Age on arrival in Australia||19|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Mrs L Frings, Stewart Road, Wimbledon Park, London, England|
|Place of enlistment||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Sapper|
|Unit name||1st Field Company Engineers|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||14/20/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lance Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||1st Field Company Engineers|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Wytschaete, Belgium (Battle of Messines)|
|Age at death||24|
|Age at death from cemetery records||24|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The 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
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: John Willie and Lily Gertrude FRINGS, Brisk Island, Townsville, Queensland. Native of Spike Island, Cork Harbour, Ireland|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 3 March 1915. Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Lemnos, 7 July 1915 (diarrhoea and haemorrhoids); transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 17 August 1915; to Overseas Base, Mustapha, 8 September 1915. Embarked fro Gallipoli, 15 September 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 24 September 1915. Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Mudros, 29 October 1915 (diarrhoea); transferred to General Medical Hospital, Gibraltar, 7 November 1915; to England, 23 November 1915, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, 28 November 1915.
Proceeded overseas to France, 18 April 1916; rejoined unit, 10 August 1916.
Wounded in action, 18 August 1916 (gun shot wound, shoulder and right arm); admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 20 August 1916. transferred to England, 7 September 1916, and admitted to Military Hospital, Chatham. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, 16 October 1916; discharged, 1 November 1916. Marched in to No. 1 Command Depot, 28 December 1916. Found guilty of being absent without leave, noon, 7 January, to 3.30 pm, 10 January 1917: admonished and awarded forfeiture of 4 days' pay. Appointed Acting Sergeant, 29 April 1917.
Proceeded overseas to France, 25 June 1917. Reverted to Sapper, 26 June 1917. Rejoined unit, 10 July 1917.
Appointed Lance Corporal, 23 November 1917. On leave to England, 21 December 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 5 January 1918. On leave to England, 5 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 22 March 1918.
Killed in action, Belgium, 26 March 1918.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, FRINGS Edward Franz Hubert|