|Place of birth||Orange, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Shadforth, via Orange, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Mabel Wells, Shadforth, via Orange, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Served as a Cadet.|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Rank on enlistment||Sapper|
|Unit name||9th Field Company Engineers|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||14/28/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A31 Ajana on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sapper|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||9th Field Company Engineers|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death||22|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 63), 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|
|Commemorated in Orange Cemetery, New South Wales. Father: Joseph WELLS (d. 2 October 1952, aged 86; bu. Orange Cemetery); Mother: Mabel Dora WELLS (d. 29 March 1951, aged 80; bu. Orange Cemetery)|
|Family/military connections||Cousin: 593 Pte William Robert Clive BEASLEY, 2nd Bn, killed in action, 2 May 1915.|
War service: Western FrontMedals: British War Medal, Victory Medal