|Place of birth||Grafton New South Wales|
|Address||Lismore, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||24|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Mary Ellen Sheehan, Maclean, Clarence River, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||14th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||10/19/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||49th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The 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
|Family/military connections||Brothers: 2688 Pte Hubert SHEEHAN, 12th Bn, returned to Australia, 11 December 1918; 430 Pte John James SHEEHAN MM, 4th Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 15 June 1919; 5178 Pte Thomas Edward SHEEHAN, 47th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 February 1917.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked from Sydney, 13 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 July 1916.
Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1916; marched in to Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, 16 October 1916. Marched out to 49th Bn, 29 October 1916; taken on strength, 49th Bn, 1 November 1916.
Killed in action, Belgium, 7 June 1917.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal