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Regimental number2614
Place of birthLindley, Glenhope, Victoria
Place of birth~
SchoolGlenhope State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGlenhope, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 9.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ann Adair, Glenhope, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 May 1916
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name60th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/77/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 2 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was connected with a friend, 2645A Pte Frederick CHEESWRIGHT, 60th Bn, of Tooborac. They were killed side by side, 26 September 1917.
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death39
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Huston Adair and Ann Adair, Lindley, Glenhope, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 2 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 November 1916.

Embarked Folkestone to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 30 December 1916.

Marched into 5th Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 31 December 1916.

Admitted to 18th General Hospital (mumps), Camiers, 1 January 1916; discharged to Base Depot, Etaples, 20 January 1917.

Marched out to join unit in the field, 6 February 1917; taken on strength, 60th Bn, 8 February 1917.

Killed in action, Polygon Wood, 26 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ADAIR Frank

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