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Frederick William PAIGE

Regimental number5631
Place of birthTunbridge Wells, Kent, England
SchoolSt James Boy School, England
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPier Hotel, Byron Bay, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Esther Paige, 47 Kirkdale Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 9 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll20th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas wounded in Gallipoli in 1915 and got his discharge in 1916 but re-enlisted the same year as he wanted to have another go for the old country as he put it and was killed at Ypres. (Mother: Esther Lillian Paige of Kent, England)
FateKilled in Action 10 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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: Frederick and Esther PAIGE, 47 Kirkdale Road, Tunbridge Wells, England
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2004 Driver Charles Sydney PAIGE, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 14 January 1919. ('He had one brother, a driver in the artillery, who was gassed and had one or two near shaves with his life.' Mother: Esther Lillian Paige of Kent, England.)~
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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