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Dudley Sinclair ELLIOT

Regimental number303
Place of birthPlymouth, Devonshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationElectric motor driver
Address'Minto', Morden Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9.5"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMrs D S Elliot, 'Minto', Morden Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets for 4 years; served in the AN&MEF.
Enlistment date11 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit nameAustralian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit), C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/112/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 19 August 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll35th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), 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
Other details

War service: embarked from Sydney, 19 August 1914. Granted extra duty pay of 4/- per day whilst employed in Native Affairs Department, Rabaul, 1 January 1915. Promoted 2nd Lt (provisional) and whilst employed on Administrative Work, 1 September 1915. Proceeded to Australia on furlough, 31 January 1916.

Enlisted in AIF, 20 April 1916. Embarked from Sydney, 25 October 1916; disembarked Devonport, 28 December 1916. Admitted to Fargo Hospital, 12 February 1917 (influenza); discharged, 19 February 1917. Marched into 9th Training Bn, 20 February 1917. On command at School of Instruction, Tidworth, 23 April 1917. Promoted Lt, 26 June 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 11 July 1917; taken on strength, 35th Bn, 18 July 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

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

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