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Norman HALL

Regimental number3059
Place of birthIpswich, Queensland
AddressMacadam Street, Maryborough, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, M.A. Hall, Macadam Street, Maryborough, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Engineers, Maryborough District, Queensland.
Enlistment date17 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 August 1916

FateKilled in Action 7 June 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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
Mother: Mrs M.A. HALL, Maryborough, Queensland

Military Medal

'13th/16th August, 1916. Front line trenches A.G.1.2. east of POZIERES Battalion Runners. When lines were cut to front line and Brigade Headquarters communication was kept open by runners who took urgent messages under heavy fire at all times day and night. Of the runners the two mentioned here were conspicuous for their bravery and attention to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 9th Bn, Tel el Kebir, Egypt, 7 January 1916. Transferred to 49th Bn, Habieta, 25 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 12 June 1916.

On leave to England, 8 December 1916; rejoined unit, 24 December 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 7 December 1916.

Killed in action, Belgium, 7 June 1917.

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Mother, Mrs M.A. Hall, was informed by Base Records, Melbourne, 18 September 1928, that in the preparation of Part 7 of the Menin Gate Memorial Register, the letters 'MM', signifying the award of the Military Medal, had been omitted, 'and the [Imperial War Graves] Commission's attention is being drawn to the discrepancy with a view to ensuring the accuracy of the Memorial inscription. It is regretted however that it will not be practicable to amend the Register entry at this late juncture as the printed copies have already been prepared for publication.'

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