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George SCRIVENER

Regimental number4070
Place of birthJindivick, Gippsland, Victoria
SchoolJarrahdale State School, Western Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMill hand
AddressGosnells, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 9.5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Scrivener, Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil (Previously rejected, 3 months before, on account of varicose veins.)
Enlistment date14 September 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board RMS Mongolia on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
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
64
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter and Eliza SCRIVENER, King Street, Gosnills, Western Australia. Native of Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 11th Bn, Habieta, 2 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 5 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 27 February 1917, and admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound, right knee: severe); transferred same to day to 1/1 South Midland Division Casualty Clearing Station; to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 28 February 1917; to England, 5 March 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, 5 March 1917; discharged on furlough, 20 March 1917, to report to Overseas Training Depot, 4 April 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 20 July 1917; rejoined Bn, 8 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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