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William John SUGGATE

Regimental number3527
Place of birthLeichhardt, New South Wales
SchoolFreshwater Public School, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationTailor
AddressKildara, Crown Road, Queenscliffe, Manly, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 8"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, W T Suggate, Crown Road, Queenscliffe, Manly, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Trench Mortar Battery
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted on 4th August 1915, age 17 years and 4 months. Third generation Australian born.
FateKilled in Action 3 October 1917
Place of death or woundingGlencourse Wood, near Ypres, Belgium
Age at death19.6
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe 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
1740
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Thomas and Mary Charlotte SUGGATE, 'Kidara', Crown Road, Manly, New South Wales. Native of Leichhardt, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Transferred to 4th Bn, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916.

Transferred to 1st Light Trench Mortar Battery, 19 April 1916.

Detached for duty to 1st Anzac Trench Mortar School, 23 July 1917; rejoined unit from detachment, 9 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 3 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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