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Regimental number2090
Place of birthDeniliquin, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7.5"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinFather, Lawrence G Thompson, Smith Street, Outtrim, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (Lived in Exempt Area under the Compulsory Training scheme.)
Enlistment date1 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 June 1917
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), 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
  cemetery records
Parents: Lawrence Greno and Ruth THOMPSON, Outtrim, Victoria. Native of Moulamein, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Alexandria for Gallipoli, 3 July 1915; taken on strength, 5th Bn, 9 July 1915. Admitted to Anzac Base, Mudros, 12 November 1915; proceeded to rejoin unit, 14 November 1915 (no further details recorded). Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, 1 February 1916, of while on Active Service conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No. 2. Taken on strength, 46th Bn, Serapeum, 31 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 8 June 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 November 1916; Temporary Corporal, 18 November 1916.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance (and reverted to Lance Corporal owing to evacuation), 13 March 1917; transferred to 4th Divisional Rest Station, 13 March 1917 (venereal disease); to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 28 March 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 17 May 1917; rejoined unit, 25 May 1917.

Detached for duty at 12th Brigade Headquarters, 6 June 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 8 June 1917.

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

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