Frank Victor ALDRIDGE

Regimental number591
Date of birth1895
Place of birthCharters Towers, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMarion Street, Charters Towers, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 11.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Aldridge, Marion Street, Charters Towers, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 8 months garrison duty on Thursday Island; served for 2 years in the Senior Cadets; served for 3 years in the Citizen Forces
Enlistment date9 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 September 1916
Place of enlistmentCharters Towers, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 7, Reinforcement 10
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/12/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Omrah on 17 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Machine Gun Company
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), 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
Other details

War service: Western Front

Found guilty, of being absent without leave, 8.00pm, 15 November 1916 to 9.00pm, 19 November 1916, Brisbane: forfeits 4 days pay.

Embarked Melbourne, 17 January 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 March 1917.

Marched in, Australian Machine Gun Training Depot, Belton Park, 28 March 1917.

Embarked Folkestone to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 19 May 1915; marched in, Machine Gun Base Depot, Camiers, 20 May 1915.

Taken on strength, 7th Australian Machine Gun Company, in the field, 31 May 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALDRIDGE Frank Victor