|Place of birth||Norwood, South Australia|
|School||Northfield Public School, Yatala, South Australia|
|Address||Stockdale, Adelaide, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Father, Thomas Hanley, Stockdale, South Australia|
|Previous military service||10th Battalion Adelaide Rifles|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||10th Battalion, G Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/27/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sergeant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||50th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
Military Medal (awarded 28 August 1916)
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||"Mentioned in Despatches fifth supplement No. 29827 to the London Gazette of 16th November, 1916 for conspicuous, bravery, untiring energy, and devotion to duty during 12th to 15th August, 1916. M.M." Details from Father.|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Belgium|
|Age at death from cemetery records||25|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The 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|
|Parents: Thomas and Louisa HANLEY, Stockade Reserve, South Australia. Native of Northfield|
'Conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty near MOUQUET FARM during the 12th to 15th August, 1916. Under a continuous heavy barrage he repeatedly delivered to and from an isolated post most important written and verbal messages, at the same time carrying water and stretchers to wounded men, and fighting when there was nothing else to do. The energy he displayed was marvellous.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western FrontMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal