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Regimental number1814
Place of birthBallan, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, W G Resuggan, Wickham Road, Highett, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 14 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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: William and Florence RESUGGAN, Wickham Road, Highett, Victoria. Native of Richmond, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 7th Bn at Gallipoli, 26 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 22 August 1915 (bullet wound, finger, and diarrhoea); transferred to HS 'Gloucester Castle', and admitted to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 30 August 1915; rejoined Bn, Lemnos, 10 October 1915. Found guilty of leaving his post without permission while on guard, Lemnos, 6 November 1915: awarded 168 hours' detention; detention remitted but forfeited 7 days' pay.

To hospital, Gallipoli, 16 December 1915; transferred to 87th Field Ambulance, Lemnos, 18 December 1915 (jaundice); transferred to 25th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 January 1916; rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, Egypt, 21 January 1916. Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 22 January 1916 (gastritis); transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 26 January 1916; rejoined Bn, 9 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 31 March 1916.

Killed in action, Belgium, 26 October 1917.

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

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