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Archibald ROBINSON

Regimental number468
Place of birthBundaberg, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressCurrajong Creek via Taroom, Mount Perry Line, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Ann Johnson, Gin Gin via Bundaberg, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 11, Reinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/16/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 6 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion
FateKilled in Action 11 June 1917
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), 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
Son of Sarah JOHNSON (formerly ROBINSON), Dunmore Farm, Currying Creek, Queensland, and the late William ROBINSON. Native of Bundaberg, Queensland
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Melbourne, 6 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 17 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 February 1917; taken on strength, 11th Machine Gun Company, 10 May 1917.

Killed in action, 11 June 1917. Buried 50 yards South West of Uncanny Trench, half a mile East of Messines.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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