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Edward George MARSHALL

Regimental number2406
Place of birthFrances, South Australia
SchoolFrances Public School, South Australia
AddressFrances, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Marshall, Frances, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 March 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 23 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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: Edward and Emily MARSHALL, Frances, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 11 September 1915.

Taken on strength, 10th Bn, Gallipoli, 17 September 1915.

Wounded in action, 15 November 1915 (gun shot wound, arm), and admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance; transferred to No 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 16 november 1915; to HS 'Syria', 16 November 1915, and transferred to mudros; to Alexandria, 20 November 1915, and admitted to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 24 November 1915; discharged to Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 2 December 1915; rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 31 December 1915.

Transferred to 50th Bn, 26 February 1916; taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 27 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 16 August 1916 (gun shot wound, shoulder); admitted to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 16 August 1916; transferred to England, 19 August 1916, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 20 August 1916 (wound: severe); discharged to No 1 Command Depot, 19 September 1916.

On furlough, 20 September1916; marched in to No 3 Command Depot from furlough, 13 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 December 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 10 January 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 21 September 1917.

Killed in action, 19 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MARSHALL Edward George

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