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Roy Hugh LAMB

Regimental number852
Date of birth6 August 1891
Place of birthNorwood, South Australia
SchoolBroken Hill Public School, New South Wales
AddressCorner of Paton and Rockwell Streets, South Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Lamb, corner of Paton and Rockwell Streets, South Broken Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 March 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
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: Mary and the late Edward LAMB, 41 Airlie Avenue, Prospect, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915. Disembarked at Alexandria from Mudros, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Appointed Lance Corporal, 21 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 21 March 1916.

Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 13 April 1916 (influenza); rejoined Bn, 29 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 August 1916 (gun shot wound, shoulder); transferred to England, 10 August 1916, and admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford. Discharged from No. 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, to No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 5 September 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 24 January 1917; rejoined Bn, 5 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 3 March 1917 (shell wound, buttock); rejoined Bn, 8 March 1917.

Found guilty, 17 April 1917, of neglect of duty in that he whilst on sentry on No. 2 Post over Bn guard room did allow 2 prisoners to escape on the night of 13/4/1917: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No. 2, and reverted to Private.

Admitted to hospital, 20 June 1917; transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 25 July 1917; discharged to Base Details, 25 July 1917: total period of treatment for venereal disease: 36 days. Appointed Lance Corporal, 28 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LAMB Roy Hugh

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