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Reginald George Henry MILDWATERS

Regimental number3130
Date of birth1885
ReligionMethodist
OccupationTimber hewer
AddressMarrinup, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs V Mildwaters, 74 Gloster Street, Subiaco, Western Australia
Enlistment date30 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/17/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3130A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWife of Verdiana Mildwaters
FateKilled in Action 28 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Belgium
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, 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
114
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Walter Yerbery and Mary Jane MILDWATERS; Wife: Verdiana MILDWATERS, of 50 Mabel Street, North Perth, Western Australia. Native of Miltalie, South Australia~
Family/military connectionsBrothers-in-law: 5099 Pte Francis GHILOTTI,11th Bn, died of wounds, 7 March 1917; 3107 Pte Charles Victor GEDLING, 28th Bn, killed in action, 29 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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