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Eric Clinton HADLOW

Regimental number243
Place of birthWarragul, Victoria
SchoolState School, Warragul, Victoria
Other trainingKing's College, Warragul, Victoria
AddressWarragul PO, Warragul, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 5.25"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Hadlow, Warragul PO, Warragul, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 2, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/7/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll243A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Machine Gun Company
FateKilled in Action 24 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Agnes HADLOW, Victoria Street, Warragul, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5887 Pte John HADLOW, 22nd Bn, returned to Australia, 19 October 1917; Cousin: 841 Pte Norman James DUNLOP, 2nd Bn, killed in action, 2 May 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Tel el Kebir, 5 July 1916.

Embarked from Alexandria for England on board HMT 'Arcadia', 29 July 1916. Admitted to hospital, Australian Machine Gun Depot, Belton Park, 4 October 1916 (influenza).

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 May 1917; taken on strength, 15th Machine Gun Company, 8 June 1917, and reallotted Regimental No. 243A.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, 10 September 1917 (influenza); returned to duty, 15 September 1917.

Killed in action, 24 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

SourcesNAA: B2455, HADLOW Eric Clinton

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