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Hugo ASPLOND

Regimental number6706
Place of birthWasa, Finland
Other NamesASPLUND
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSeaman
AddressCorner of Ernest and Stanley Streets, South Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 3.5"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs J Asplond, Wasa, Finland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 17 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 15 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
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
76
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Josefina HAAPANIEMI, Helsingfors, Hoosgatan, 19/21 Makivens, Skydds, Finland. Native of Wasa, Finland. True name HAAPANIEMI, Hugo Edmund
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Brisbane, 17 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 30 January 1917. At sea, admitted to ship's hospital, 30 November 1917; discharged from ship's hospital, 11 December 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 16 days. Marched in to 4th Training Bn, Codford, 30 January 1917. Found guilty, 15 March 1917, of (1) drunkenness; (2) resisting escort: awarded 168 hours detention.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 May 1917; taken on strength, 15th Bn, 8 May 1917.

Died of wounds received in action, Belgium, 15 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsReal name: Hugh Edmund HAAPANIEMI

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