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Joseph Horace CLOUGHLEY

Regimental number5063
Place of birthSouth Brisbane, Queensland
SchoolJunction Park State School, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationShop assistant
AddressPrince Street Thompson Estate, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Cloughley, Prince Street Thompson Estate, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in Compulsory Training and Cadets.
Enlistment date17 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Date of death7 June 1917
Age at death19.3
Place of burialNo known grave
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
147
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Annie CLOUGHLEY
Other details

Also enlisted as 4472, Private, 9th Bn, 14th Reinforcement, and embarked from Brisbane on board HMAT A62 'Wandilla' on 31 January 1916.

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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