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Herman Joseph BOEHM

Regimental number3368
Place of birthGladstone, South Australia
SchoolPublic School
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressPost Office Box 40, Gladstone, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sophia Boehm, Post Office Box 40, Gladstone, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets.
Enlistment date9 September 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT Seang Bee on 10 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death from cemetery records25
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
145
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Gladstone War Memorial, South Australia. Photo: Peter Dennis. Parents: Sophia and the late George Samuel BOEHM, Cross Street, Gladstone, South Australia
Family/military connectionsTwo cousins killed
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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