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David Ford ADAM

Regimental number5536
Place of birthGranville, New South Wales
SchoolSuperior Public School, Granville, New South Wales
OccupationLoco firerman
AddressThe Avenue, Granville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 9.5"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Agnes Adam, The Avenue, Granville, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 April 1916
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 9 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Date of death9 October 1917
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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 and Agnes ADAM, Anniston, The Avenue, Granville, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 26 October 1916.

Embarked Folkestone to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 13 December 1916; marched into 2nd Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 14 December 1916.

Taken on strength, 17th Bn, 24 January 1917.

Killed in action, Passchendaele, 9 October 1917; buried on the battlefield.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ADAM David Ford

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