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Charles ROSE

Regimental number2747
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressMelbourne, Victoria
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 2.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinDaughter, Miss Florence Rose, 36 King's Road, Queen's Road, Peckham, London SE, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 August 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 August 1916
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 records36
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, 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.

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 20 October 1916; transshipped to HMAT 'Benalla' at Sierra Leone, 16 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 9 January 1917; marched in to 12th Training Bn, Codford, 10 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 28 March 1917; taken on strength, 46th Bn, in the field, 1 May 1917.

Temporarily attached to 12th Brigade Headquarters as Runner, 6 august 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 1 October 1917.

Handwritten notation on Form B103: 'Buried'.

Grave subsequently lost.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROSE Charles

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