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Frederick Charles EIG

Regimental number1829
Place of birthCoonabarabran, New South Wales
SchoolAt home
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressCunnamulla, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Eig, Woorooka, Barringun, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularPlace of birth given on Attestation Form as Koolabarraban, New South Wales.
FateKilled in Action 2 July 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), 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
135
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick and Emma EIG, Woorooroolea, Queensland. Native of Cunnambulla
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3356 Pte David Cecil EIG, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 29 April 1919; 6661 Pte John EIG, 26th Bn, returned to Australia, 7 September 1919; 2357 Pte Leslie Joseph EIG, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 23 July 1918.~
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Brisbane, 16 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 13 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 November 1916.

Killed in action, 2 July 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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