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William BOOTH

Regimental number1516
Place of birthNorth Poowong, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine-driver
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, T. Booth, Werribee PO, Werribee, Victoria
Enlistment date8 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
49
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Lavinia BOOTH, Werribee, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3113 Pte Thomas Henry BOOTH, 38th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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