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Frederick ALFORD

Regimental number2611
Place of birthCressy, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressInverleigh, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 10.5"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinFather, Henry Alford, Inverleigh, Victoria
Enlistment date4 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 July 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name46th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/63/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 1 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records23
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
141
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Eliza ALFORD, Inverleigh, Victoria. Native of Cressy, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2612 Pte Isaac ALFORD, 3rd Bn, returned to Australia, 12 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne 20 October 1916; disembarked Sierra Leone, 16 December 1916; disembarked at Devonport, England, 9 January 1917.

Marched in, 12th Training Bn, Codford, 10 January 1917.

Embarked Folkestone to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 28 March 1917; marched in, 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 29 March 1917.

Taken on strength, 46th Bn, France, 19 April 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 1 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALFORD Frederick

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