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Albert Edward NEALL

Regimental number2747
Place of birthMount Lofty, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
Address9 Hanley Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Gertrude Louisa Neall, 9 Hanley Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
60
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to 10th Bn, Zeitoun, 27 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 3 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 22 August 1916 (shell shock); rejoined unit, 4 September 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 14 April 1917 (nephritis); transferred to 12th General Hospital, Rouen, 23 April 1917; to No. 2 Convalescent Depot, 24 May 1917;to No. 11 Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 31 May 1917 (myalgia); discharged to Base Depot, 13 July 1917. On leave to England, 13 August 1917; returned from leave, 26 August 1917.

Reported as wounded in action, Belgium, 1 October 1917; subsequently confirmed as killed in action, 8 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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