|Place of birth||Stawell, Victoria|
|School||Stawell 502 State School, Victoria|
|Address||79 Barkly Street, Ballarat East, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||20|
|Next of kin||Father, Oliver Welsh, 79 Barkley Street, Ballarat East, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served for four years in Senior Cadets, and Citizen Military Forces.|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Ballarat, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||24th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/41/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||24th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death||21.9|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The 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
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|Parents: Oliver and Augusta WELSH.|
|Family/military connections||Brothers: 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.|
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