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Edward John AHEARN

Regimental number2680
Place of birthWilcannia, New South Wales
Other NamesA'HEARN
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressTammin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7"
Weight170 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Hugh Ahearn, Coolgardie, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 September 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium
Date of death4 October 1917
Age at death26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), 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: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 9 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917.

Found guilty, at sea, 19 December 1916, of being absent without leave, 5.00pm, 15 December 1916 to 8.30am, 16 December 1916: forfeits 2 days pay.

Marched in, 11th Training Bn, England, 10 January 1917.

Embarked Folkestone to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 10 April 1917; marched in, 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, 11 April 1917.

Taken on strength, 44th Bn, in the field, 13 April 1917.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 13 June 1917; admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance (shrapnel wound, right arm), 13 June 1917; admitted to 11th General Hospital, Camiers, 15 June 1917; admitted to 5th Convalescent Depot, Camiers, 27 June 1917; discharged to 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Rouelles, 6 August 1917.

Rejoined 44th Bn, in the field, 26 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, AHEARN Edward John

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