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Harry BOOTHROYD

Regimental number768
Place of birthGrantham, Lincolnshire, England
SchoolClifton Road School, Balsall Heath, England
Age on arrival in Australia21
ReligionProtestant
OccupationLabourer
Address824 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, George Boothroyd, 49 Kingsley Road, Bassall Heath, Birmingham, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 15 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBroodseinde, Passchendaele, Belgium
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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
163
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George Holt and Ada BOOTHROYD, 49 Kingsley Road, Birmingham, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Wounded in action, Cape Helles, Gallipoli; returned to Australia.

Re-enlisted as No. 1874, Private, 59th Bn, 3rd Reinforcement, and embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A17 'Port Lincoln', 4 May 1916.

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

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