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Stanley WELSH

Regimental number2215
Place of birthStawell, Victoria
SchoolStawell 502 State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address79 Barkly Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5"
Next of kinFather, Oliver Welsh, 79 Barkley Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for four years in Senior Cadets, and Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBallarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death21.9
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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: Oliver and Augusta WELSH.
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 7094 Pte Leonard Allan Joseph WELSH, 6th Bn, returned to Australia, 7 February 1919; 7095 Pte Thomas Ernest WELSH, 6th Bn, returned to Australia, 31 July 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 24th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 August 1916 (gun shot wound, neck), and admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred same day to Ambulance Train, and admitted to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 6 August 1916; transferred to England, 9 August 1916, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 10 August 1916 (gun shot wound, back and left shoulder). Transferred to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 14 September 1916; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 29 September 1916; marched in to No 1 Command Depot, 30 September 1916.

Granted furlough, 2 October 1916; reported back from furlough, 23 October 1916; marched out to 6th Training Bn, Larkhill, 23 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 May 1917; rejoined Bn, 20 May 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 11 August 1917; promoted Temporary Corporal, 29 September 1917; reverted to Lance Corporal, 2 October 1917; promoted Corporal, 2 October 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

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

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