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Arthur David SMITH

Regimental number2936
Place of birthAldershot, Hants, England
Place of birthAldershot, Hants., England
SchoolChrist's Hospital, Horsham, England
Age on arrival in Australia15.6
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressAlphadale, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Major D Smith, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Kent, England
Enlistment date27 September 1916
Place of enlistmentFraser's Hill, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name47th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/64/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 27 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 28 January 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death19
Age at death from cemetery records19
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
77
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4898 Pte Stewart Allen SMITH, 15th Bn, killed in action, Bullecourt, 11 April 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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