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Frank William Banner HOPKINS

Regimental number1728
Place of birthNapier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
SchoolState School, Nott Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Age on arrival in Australia1
Address327 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lyla B Hopkins, 327 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets
Enlistment date19 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1728A
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Joined school cadets, Queenstown, Tasmania at age of eleven. Joined school cadets Port Melbourne. Was in first draft for compulsory training. Passed first exam held and was made Sergeant. Passed into Citizen Forces in 1914, got his commissionin a few months. Grandson of late Captain W Kent, Tasmania. Champion rifle shoot of Australasia, 1888.
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Frank William
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), 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: Alfred adn Lyla HOPKINS, The Avenue, Moreland, Victoria. Native of Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Family/military connectionsCousin: Lieut C.M. Croft, MCMM- 6th Battalion, AFA Nephew of Captain E Hunt, 52nd Battalion and also of CSM HC Hunt, 15th Battalion. All returned.

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