Harold Vernon WALKLATE

Male 1884 - 1917  (33 years)


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  • Name Harold Vernon WALKLATE 
    Born 20 Jul 1884  Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Memorial Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • There is no known grave for Harold. His death is commemorated at the 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.
    Military Service 1 Feb 1915 to 22 Oct 1917 
    World War 1 
    • Place of birth: Launceston, Tasmania
      School: State School, Tasmania
      Religion: Methodist
      Occupation: Accountant
      Address: 9 Commonwealth Savings Buildings, Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Victoria
      Age: at embarkation 31
      Next of kin: Mother, Mrs A W Walklate, Same address
      Enlistment date: 1 February 1915
      Rank on enlistment: 2nd Lieutenant
      Unit name: 14th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
      AWM Embarkation Roll number: 23/31/4
      Embarkation details: Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
      Rank from Nominal Roll: Captain
      Unit from Nominal Roll: 14th Battalion
      Fate: Killed in Action 22 October 1917
      Place of death or wounding: Westhoek, Ypres, Belgium
      Age at death: 33
      Place of burial: No known grave
      Commemoration details: The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium
      Panel number, Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial: 74

      Parents: John Wolfe Walklate and Annie Willoughby Walklate, of D'lorah, Adeney Avenue, Kew, Victoria.

      War service: Western Front
      Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
    Occupation Accountant  [2
    Religion Methodist  [2
    FamilySearch ID KVGD-WC2 
    FamilySearch link https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=KVGD-WC2 
    Never married and had no children Never Married 
    Died 22 Oct 1917  Westhoek, Ypres, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I2489  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2017 

    Father John Woolf WALKLATE,   b. 1 Jul 1852, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1942, Kew East, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Anne Willoughby WHITELAW,   b. 13 Mar 1855, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1940, Kew East, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 25 Aug 1881  Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F662  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Jul 1884 - Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMemorial - - Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Oct 1917 - Westhoek, Ypres, Belgium Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S35] Tasmania Pioneer Index 1803-1899, 437/1884.

    2. [S286] AIF Project: Australian ANZACS in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918, UNSW@ADFA, (http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au).

    3. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1918 'Family Notices.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), 22 October, p. 1, viewed 12 February, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1428184.