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John Wallace BULL

Regimental number7122
Place of birthWilliamstown, Victoria
SchoolSt John's College, East St Kilda, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStudent
AddressSt John's College, Alma Road, East St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.5
Height5' 7"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr J H Bull, Nelson Place, Williamstown, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Naval Cadets at Pt Nepean and Queenscliff for 9-10 months from the outbreak of war.
Enlistment date5 October 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingMenin Road, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, 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.

Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Henry Bull and Margaretta Annie Bull, 'The Grange', Osborne Street, Williamstown, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousin: 7589 Pte Reginald Thomas WALLACE, 5th Bn killed in action, 23 September 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BULL John Wallace

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