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Arthur WILCOCK

Date of birth6 September 1884
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationTeacher
Address481 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinWife, Mrs Clarice Isobel Wilcock, 63 Wolseley Parade, Kensington, Victoria
Enlistment date2 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name24th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records33
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
103
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Josepg F and Susan A WILCOCK
Family/military connectionsBrother: Lt Ernest Leslie WILCOCK MC, 5th Bn, discharged, 20 June 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Taken on strength, 24th Bn, 26 April 1917. Killed by enemy shell in the preliminary bombardment prior to attack on Broodseinde Ridge.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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