|Place of birth||Richmond, Victoria|
|School||Richmond and Swanston State Schools, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Father, F H Skead, Ashbury, Kitchener Street, Ivanhoe, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served as a Sergeant, 53rd Bn, Senior Cadets, and as a Lieutenant in the 55th Bn, Citizen Military Forces.|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||21st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/38/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lance Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||6th Machine Gun Company|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Polygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death||22.11|
|Age at death from cemetery records||22|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), 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
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|Parents: Frederick and Elizabeth SKEAD, Ivanhoe, Victoria. Native of Victoria|
War service: proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli; taken on strength, 21st Bn, 12 October 1915. Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station from 6th Field Ambulance, 1 December 1915; transferred to Hospital Ship, 2 December 1915 (rheumatism and frostbite); transferred to 21st General Hospital, Alexandria, 12 December 1915; to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 20 December 1915; to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 22 December 1915; to Helouan, 17 January 1916; discharged to duty, 20 January 1916; rejoined unit, 7 March 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 26 March 1916.
Took part in a raid on the enemy's trenches, night 29-30 June 1916.
Transferred to 6th Machine Gun Company, 29 October 1916. Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, 7 November 1916 (trench feet); transferred to No. 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 8 November 1916; to England, 14 November 1916, and admitted to Birmingham War Hospital. Discharged on furlough, 18 December 1916. Found guilty, 5 January 1917, of being absent without leave from No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 3.30 pm, 2 January, until apprehended, 8 pm, 3 January 1917: awarded 7 days confined to camp and forfeited 2 days' pay. Marched out to No. 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 18 January 1917; to Australian Machine Gun Training Depot, Grantham, 3 April 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 27 April 1917; taken on strength, 6th Machine Gun Company, 13 May 1917. Appointed Lance Corporal, 5 October 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 9 October 1917.
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal