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Frank Gerald KELLAWAY

Regimental number1694
Date of birth--/01/1895
Place of birthEast Melbourne Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLaw student
Address56 Cunninghame Place, Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Rev A C Kellaway, 56 Cunninghame Place, Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date6 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Corporal
Unit name22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF22
Promotion date: 2 August 1916

FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records22
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
96
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred Charles and Annie KELLAWAY, 56 Cunningham Street, Northcote, Victoria. Native of East Melbourne, Victoria
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry during operations. When the other officers of his company had become casualties he rallied round his men, led them in the assault and made good the ground gained.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Family/military connectionsBrother: Major Charles Halliway KELLAWAY MC, Australian Army Medical Corps, returned to Australia, 19 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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