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George Gilbert HALL

Regimental number1928
Place of birthWolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
SchoolGrow Lane, Headsworth, Birmingham, England
Age on arrival in Australia16.6
AddressPayneham Road, Payneham, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Hall, 33 Antrobus Road, Hantsworth, Birmingham, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Morea on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Age at death24
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
Other details

War service: Mudros, Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 27th Bn, Mudros, 29 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 15 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 21 March 1916.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, Armentieres, 7 April 1916 (mumps); transferred to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 8 April 1916; discharged to duty, 29 April 1916; rejoined unit, 2 May 1916.

Wounded in action, 29 June 1916 (gun shot wound, left shoulder); admitted to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 29 June 1916; transferred to England, 1 July 1916, and admitted to Military Hospital, Shorncliffe. Granted furlough, 15 September 1916, to report to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 2 October 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 9 May 1917; rejoined unit, 13 May 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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