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Frederick William PAGE

Regimental number173
Place of birthNorth Halsham, Norfolk, England
SchoolCouncil School, North Halsham, Norfolk, England
Age on arrival in Australia18
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressSeaham, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5"
Weight105 lbs
Next of kinFather, Frederick William Page, Norwich Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, England
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of deficient chest measurement)
Enlistment date29 December 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name35th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/52/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death25
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
126
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 1 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1916.

Wounded in action, 22 December 1916 (gun shot wound, chest and upper extremities); transferred to England, 9 January 1917, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital (gun shot wound, right shoulder: severe). Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 February 1917; discharged to No. 1 Command Depot, Weymouth, 2 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 July 1917; rejoined unit, 30 July 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PAGE Frederick William

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