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Wilmot Ernest WEST

Regimental number3204
Place of birthProspect, Launceston, Tasmania
SchoolState School
ReligionBaptist
OccupationFarmer
AddressCluan Homestead, Westbury, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5.5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, T E West, Cluan, Westbury, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the 26th Light Horse, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date4 August 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 16 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death22
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
144
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Theodore Ernest and Charlotte Wilsher WEST
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Abbassia, 23 December 1915 (mumps); joined 15th Bn, Moascar, 5 February 1916.

Transferred to 47th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 3 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 9 August 1916 (gun shot wound, leg and thigh), and admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 6th General Hospital, Rouen, 10 August 1916; to England, 15 August 1916, and admitted to Richmond Hospital, 17 August 1917 and thence to King George Hospital, Dublin; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 24 November 1916; discharged to Command Depot, Wareham, 11 December 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 24 January 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 6 February 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 7 June 1917.

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

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