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Charles Osmond Donoon EDSER

Regimental number4489
Place of birthLeatherhead, Surrey, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBoilermaker
AddressLochinvar, The Avenue, Hurstville, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinCharles Edser, The Avenue, Hurstville, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Senior Cadets, Militia.
Enlistment date23 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 April 1915
Unit nameNo 3 Australian General Hospital
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/67/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Mooltan on 15 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Field Ambulance
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
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
182
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Mudros, 16 September 1915 (influenza); discharged to duty, 13 October 1915. Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 27 January 1916.

Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 25 September 1916. Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Brighton, 17 November 1916; returned to duty, 29 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 March 1917; taken on strength, 9th Field Ambulance, France, 12 April 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

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

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