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Donald John BURNET

Regimental number2130
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
SchoolCamp School, Bendigo, Victoria
Other trainingSchool of Mines, Bendigo, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPlumber
Address192 White Hills Road, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, John Burnet, 192 White Hills Road, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date17 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name60th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/77/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 1 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death19.4
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), 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
169
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in White Hills Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: John (d. 17 May 1933 aged 71; bu. White Hills Cemetery) and Adelaide Aurelia BURNET (d. 30 December 1957, aged 87; bu. White Hills Cemetery). Native of White Hills, Bendigo, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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