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Joseph William MAYERSBETH

Place of birthLambeth, London, England
Age on arrival in Australia19
OccupationLinesman
AddressNortham, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs D L Mayersbeth, 36 Grey Street, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Enlistment date14 August 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name16th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Croix de Guerre


Recommendation date: 19 January 1917

FateKilled in Action 12 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
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
146
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Postmaster General's Department Roll of Honour, Commonwealth of Australia Building, Perth, Western Australia. Dedicated to 'Officers from Western Australia who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918'. Parents: Robert Charles and Rose Matilda MAYERSBETH; husband of Doris Lillian MAYERSBETH, 36 Grey Street, South Fremantle, Western Australia
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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