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Ralph BARTON

Regimental number2798
Place of birthNumurkah, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Barton, 382 Post Office Place, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date9 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 9 February 1916 - 59th Bn, 5th Reinforcements. Taken on strength, Provost Corps, 22 August 1916. Promoted Corporal, 1 January 1917. Transferred to 29th Bn, 29 November 1917.
FateKilled in Action 15 December 1917
Date of death15 December 1917
Age at death30
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
115
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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