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Reg William BRINSMEAD

Regimental number64
SchoolLeopold State School; Central College, Geelong, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressLeopold, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, H. Brinsmead, Leopold, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 29th Light Horse, Citizen Military Forces, for 3 years.
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name4th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/9/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Corps School
FateKilled in Action 17 December 1917
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Age at death24.8
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
52
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Memima BRINSMEAD, Leopold, Victoria
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his company commander became a casualty in a attack, he displayed great skill and initiative in leading his company to the capture of the final objective. Through his determination and untiring energy the position was consolidated and the defence organized.' (Since deceased)
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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