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Stanley SHAVE

Regimental number1178
Place of birthCoggeshall, Essex, England
Other NamesStanley Gordon
Other training5 years in Metropolitan (London) Police Force
Age on arrival in Australia26
ReligionChurch of England
Addressc/o Mr English, Frederick Street, Taringa, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinFather, William Shave, Coggeshall, Essex, England
Enlistment date11 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'A lover of music, a good violinist, a dear good son and highly esteemed by all who knew him. He liked Australia very much and died a good soldier'. (as provided by father)
FateKilled in Action 9 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium
Date of death9 October 1917
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records32
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
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli campaign, 2 March 1915. Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, Lemnos, 24 November 1915 (diarrhoea); discharged to Lines, 29 November 1915; rejoined unit, 20 November 1915. Appointed Lance Corporal, 4 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 4 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 3 April 1916. Promoted Corporal, 17 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 2 July 1916 (gun shot wound, left leg); admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 3 July 1916; rejoined unit, 7 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 23 July 1916 (gun shot wound, right leg); admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 26 July 1916; transferred to England, 27 July 1916. [Details of hospital treatment not recorded.] Granted furlough, 25 August 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 16 September 1916; rejoined 9th Bn, 1 October 1916. Appointed Lance Sergeant, 24 November 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 December 1916; transferred to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 7 December 1916; discharged to duty after treatment for venereal disease, 18 January 1917; rejoined Bn, 26 January 1917. Promoted Sergeant, 24 March 1917.

Wounded in action (3rd occasion), 15 April 1917 (gun shot wound, throat, chest, left shoulder); admitted to 14th General Hospital, Boulogne, 19 April 1917; transferred to England, 22 April 1917, and admitted to Fort Pitt Hospital, Chatham. Transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 29 May 1917. Marched in to Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 10 July 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 16 July 1917; rejoined Bn, 5 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 9 October 1917.

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

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