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Regimental number2715
Place of birthTocumwal, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressEchuca, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Fred Quirk, Echuca, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (resided in exempt area under the Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date3 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 13 March 1918
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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

Embarked from Melbourne, 2 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 31 December 1916; taken on strength, 58th Bn, 4 January 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 11 February 1917 (bronchitis); transferred to England, 25 February 1917, and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital, Norwich. Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 15 March 1917. Granted furlough, 19 March 1917; marched in to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 3 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 17 September 1917; rejoined unit, 2 October 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 26 October 1917 (diarrhoea); rejoined unit, 14 November 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 6 January 1918 (influenza); rejoined unit, 2 March 1918.

Killed in action, 13 March 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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