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Arthur Chaloner SMITH

Regimental number2707
Place of birthBray, Co Wicklow, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShop-keeper
Address122 Lake Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 10.5"
Weight173 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs A R Smith, 122 Lake Street, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 June 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 June 1917
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
81
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 18 October 1915. Sick to hospital, 17 December 1915; transferred by Hospital Ship 'Dunluce Castle' to Alexandria, 23 December 1915 (jaundice); admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 24 December 1915; transferred to Al Hayat Helouan, 5 January 1916. Discharged to duty, 13 January 1916; rejoined unit, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 9 June 1916.

Killed in action, 12 June 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SMITH Arthur Chaloner

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