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Harvey James COOK

Regimental number2132
Place of birthRochford, Victoria
SchoolMonument Creek State School and Wesley College, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, James Harvey Cook, Mountview, Rochford, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 October 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Year of death incorrectly entered on Nominal Roll as 1919.
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death23.7
Age at death from cemetery records23
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
171
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary COOK, Glenfern Park, Romsey, Victoria. Native of Rochford, Victoria
Family/military connectionsCousins: Pte Robert Christie; Trooper Alfred C. Cook; 855 Pte William Thomas COOK, 38th Bn, killed in action, 7-9 June 1917; 6801A Pte Francis William James COOK, 23rd Bn, killed in action, 18 August 1918.
Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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