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Walter Clement ALSTON

Regimental number7195
Place of birthWarnambool, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDarnum, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 6.5"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinBrother, E H Alston, Korumburra, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 December 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 December 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 19 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 10 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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
Parents: George and Emma ALSTON. Native of Warrnambool, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 19 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 25 April 1917.

Marched in, 2nd Training Bn, Durrington, 26 April 1917.

Admitted to Military Hospital (pharyngitis), Fargo, 7 June 1917; discharged to depot, 15 June 1917.

Embarked Southampton to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 20 August 1917; marched in, 1st Australian Divisional Base, Havre, 21 August 1917.

Marched out to unit, 29 August 1917; taken on strength, 23rd Bn, in the field, 1 September 1917.

Reported missing, Belgium, 10 October 1917.

Court of Enquiry held in the field, 7 May 1918, pronounced fate as 'Killed in action, Belgium, 10 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALSTON Walter Clement

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