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Arthur Montague ALCHIN

Regimental number2027
Place of birthYass, New South Wales
OccupationMail driver
AddressYass Street, Gunning, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 4"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Louisa Susanna Alchin, Yass Street, Gunning, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 7 years in the Senior Cadets
Enlistment date26 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 April 1916
Place of enlistmentGoulburn, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), 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: Albert N. and Louisa S. ALCHIN, Waratah Street, Gunning, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsUncle: 2615 Pte Frank Henry BORMAN, 13th Bn, killed in action, 24 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 August 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 11 October 1916.

Admitted to hospital, England, 20 October 1916.

Marched in, 9th Training Bn, England, 9 November 1916.

Taken on strength, 35th Bn, England, 17 November 1916.

Embarked Southampton to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 21 November 1916.

Wounded in action, 11 July 1917; admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance (shrapnel wound, right shoulder), 11 July 1917; transferred to 3rd Advanced Dressing Station 15 July 1917; admitted to 4th Field Ambulance and sent to DRS, 23 July 1917; rejoined 35th Bn, in the field, 30 July 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALCHIN Arthur Montague

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