Arthur William ALLMOND

Regimental number3359
Place of birthDurham, England
SchoolPublic School, South Australia
Age on arrival in Australia6
OccupationPostal employee
AddressPark Street, Magill, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 3.75"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Katie Ann Allmond, Park Street, Magill, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 5 years in D Company, Adelaide Volunteers; unit disbanded
Enlistment date16 September 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 10 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll50th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
Age at death45
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Commonwealth of Australia Postmaster General's Department Roll of Honour ('Officers from South Australia who gave their lives in the Great War. To the Glorious Dead'), Main Hall, GPO, Adelaide, South Australia. Parents: Thomas and Emma ALLMOND; husband of Katie ALLMOND, Park Street, Magill, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 55800 Pte Malcolm Frank ALLMOND, 10th Bn, effective abroad (still overseas); Nephews: 2568 Pte Christopher William ALLMOND, 9th Light Horse Regiment, died of illness, 4 September 1918; 4370 Pte Leland Corbet ALLMOND, 27th Bn, killed in action, 5 November 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 10 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 2 May 1917; marched into 13th Training Bn, Codford, 3 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 6 August 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Havre, 8 August 1917.

Found guilty, 20 August 1917, of being absent without leave from 9.30 pm till 10.45 pm, 20 August 1917: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay.

Taken on strength, 50th Bn, in the field, 25 August 1917.

Killed in action, 26 September 1917.

Buried near Westhoek, 2 miles SW of Zonnebeke, Belgium; grave subsequently lost.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLMOND Arthur William