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William Edward EMMINS

Regimental number1536
Place of birthHackney, London, England
ReligionChurch of England
Address18 Sussex Street, Lower North Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 6.25"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas James Emmins, 18 Sussex Street, Lower North Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 6 months in the Royal Field Artillery 'A' Battery (Reserve); expiration of period
Enlistment date30 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 13 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll47th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 7 June 1917
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
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3044 Lance Corporal Arthur Oliver EMMINS, 48th Bn, killed in action, 11 April 1917; 3740 Pte Edward William EMMINS, 2nd Australian General Hospital, returned to Australia, 13 April 1919.
Other details

War service: taken on strength, 9th Bn, Gallipoli, 6 May 1915. Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 27 August 1915 (pyrexia), and transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to 25th Casualty Clearing Station, Mudros; to HS 'Gascon', 28 August 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 1 September 1915; admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 2 September 1915; to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, 5 September 1915; to Convalescent Home, Helouan, 15 September 1915; to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 29 September 1915 (dysentery); to Ras-el-Tin Convalescent Depot, 15 October 1915; to Overseas Base, 20 November 1915. Transferred to 47th Bn, Serapeum, 23 April 1916; taken on strength 47th Bn, 29 April 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 9 June 1916. Appointed Lance corporal, 31 October 1917; promoted Corporal, 8 March 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 7 June 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, EMMINS William Edward

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