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Charles Frederic SHARLAND

Place of birthWesterway, Tasmania
SchoolGrammar School, Launceston and Hutchins School, Hobart, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressHobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinFather, Rev. T B Sharland, Adelaide Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed in the Derwent Regiment, Commonwealth Forces, 6th Military Division.
Enlistment date6 December 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name40th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 23 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll40th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular

'He enlisted in Hobart, December 1915; gained his Commission in June 1916. Left for England with the 3rd Reinforcements of 40th Battalion, September 1916. In June 1917 he joined the 48th Battalion in France. His Colonel wrote "He had specialised in Musketry and was a very fine instructor: he had in consequences acted at Battalion Musketry Instructor ever since he joined us. The work he did in this directiuon was invaluable." Details from Mary F Sharland (sister), 72 Adelaide Street, Lanreath, Hobart, Tasmania.

FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death34
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), 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
133
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick and Ella SHARLAND. Native of Westbury, Tasmania
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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