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Reginald Collins WORTHINGTON

Regimental number1029
Place of birthTemora New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressFarm 23, Griffith via Walbriggie, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs L Worthington, Farm 23, Griffith via Walbriggie, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
84
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Lucy WORTHINGTON
Medals

Military Medal

'During operations near WESTHOEK on 20th September, 1917 this N.C.O. when his seniors had become casualties took charge of a remnant of his platoon and led them to their objective. On reaching this he carried on with the consolidation despite the enemy artillery, Machine Gun and sniping fire, showing skill, determination and courage. During the rest of this day, night, and following day, he held his post in spite of heavy shell fire, with great tenacity.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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