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George Alexande POULSON

Regimental number5747
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFather, T A Poulson, 9 Daly Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 November 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 27 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 23 June 1917
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), 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: Arthur and Elizabeth POULSON, 20 Bewes Street, Adelaide
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 26 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 August 1916; marched in to 3rd Training Bn, 26 august 1916.

Found guilty, Perham Downs, 8 September 1916, of being absent without leave from 0645, 8 September, till reported back, 2145, ( September 1916: admonished, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Taken on strength, 43rd Bn, 23 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 November 1916.

Admitted to Divisional Rest Station, 15 December 1916 (scabies); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 16 December 1916; to 4th Stationary Hospital, Arques, 19 December 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 January 1917.

Admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, 31 January 1917 (scabies)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, POULSON George Alexande

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