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Bruce Wilfred GILBERT

Regimental number5575
Place of birthCrystal Brook, South Australia
SchoolCrystal Brook Public School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationBootmaker
AddressCrystal Brook, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 4.5"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinFather, Walter Gilbert, Crystal Brook, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (exempt on account of insufficient Cadets to warrant training under Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date13 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 28 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death21.8
Age at death from cemetery records21
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
110
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter and Catherine GILBERT, Crystal Brook, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1342/3405 Pte Claude Vernon GILBERT, 43rd Bn, returned to Australia, 20 May 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 28 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 11 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 November 1916. Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 17 December 1916 (influenza); transferred to 6th Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 28 December 1916 (bronchitis); to 5th Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 30 December 1916; discharged, 14 April 1917; taken on strength, 27th Bn, 2 May 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 18 July 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to 29th Casualty Clearing Station, 18 July 1917; discharged to duty and rejoined Bn, 28 Jully 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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