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Frank Allen SCHANTZ

Regimental number2783
Place of birthPiccadilly, South Australia
SchoolCrafers Public School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationGardener
AddressStirling West, Mount Lofty, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 8.5"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, Neils Morgenson Schantz, Stirling West, Mount Lofty, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
60
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Niels and Jane SCHANTZ. Native of Mount Lofty, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 10th Bn, 27 February 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 3 April 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 25 December 1916 (dental); rejoined Bn, 5 January 1917. Admitted to 1st Divisional Rest Station, 5 April 1917 (septic toe); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 16 April 1917; discharged to duty, 24 April 1917.

Proceeded on leave to United Kingdom, 23 July 1917; rejoined Bn, 5 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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