|Place of birth||Binnaway, New South Wales|
|Place of birth||Coonabarabran, New South Wales|
|School||Binnaway Public School, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Coonabarabran, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Father, Mr G Sheumack, Coonabarabran, New South Wales|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Narrabri, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/21/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lance Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||56th Battalion|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||In full charge of a machine gun crew when killed.|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Polygon Wood, Belgium|
|Date of death|
|Age at death||24.3|
|Age at death from cemetery records||24|
|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
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: George and Mary SHEUMACK, Cowper Street, Coonabarabran, New South Wales|
|Family/military connections||Cousin: Sergeant [Durvey/Deervey] M.M., D.C.M.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Taken on strength, 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 29 June 1916.
Wounded in action, 20 July 1916 (gun shot wound, head), and admitted to 8th Field Ambulance; transferred by Ambulance Train and admitted to 25th General Hospital, 21 July 1916; to England, 27 July 1916, and admitted to Huddersfield War Hospital, 12 August 1916; to Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 12 August 1916; to No 1 command Depot, 25 August 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 9 September 1916; rejoined unit, 26 September 1916.
Detached to Lewis Gun School of Instruction, 23 November 1916; rejoined unit, 5 December 1916. To Lewis Gun School of Instruction, 28 February 1917; rejoined unit, 18 March 1917.
Appointed Lance Corporal, 31 May 1917.
On leave, 11 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 28 September 1917.
Killed in action, 18 October 1917.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal