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Edward HEATH

Regimental number2333
Place of birthMerriwa, New South Wales
SchoolBreza Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGurley Siding, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 11"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Susanne Tonkins, Bellata, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMoree, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Fought for three days in the Battle of Messines. He showed great courage and did excellent work.' (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 8 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records31
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Charlotte HEATH. Native of Merriwa, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousin: 5803 Pte John HEATH, 2nd Bn, killed in action, 7 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 17 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917; marched in to 9th Training Bn, Durrington, 12 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 March 1917; taken on strength, 33rd Bn, in the field, 19 March 1917.

Admitted to 11th Field Ambulance, 24 March 1917 (trachitis); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 26 March 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 5 April 1917.

Killed in action, 8 June 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HEATH Edward

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