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Percy William ROSS

Regimental number727
Date of birth20 May 1894
Place of birthPercy River, Georgetown, Queensland
SchoolVictoria Plantation and West End, Townsville, State Schools, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressVictoria Estate, Herbert River, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Percy Ross, Victoria Estate, Herbert River, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Herbert River Cadets.
Enlistment date25 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 18 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 5 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records23
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Percy and Lilian ROSS, Victoria Estate, Townsville, Queensland. Native of Percy River
Other details

War service: Western Front

Wounded in action, Armentieres, France, 19 January 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Eleven men from Victoria Estate died in the First World War. Their sacrifice is commemorated in All Souls' Anglican Church, Victoria Estate, many of the furnishings of which were donated in memory of individual soldiers. At the entrance to the church is the German 75 mm field gun no. 362, one of many thousands of German weapons ceded to the allies under the terms of the armistice, 11 November 1918.

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