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Herbert Washington Tinning ALLAN

Regimental number3232
Place of birthBathurst New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationProbationary student
AddressBathurst, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, J T Allen, 72 Russell Street, Bathurst, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 13 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Machine Gun Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: MG Corps
Promotion date: 07 N0V 1917


Unit: 4th MG Btn
Promotion date: 7 February 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 26 April 1917


Recommendation date: 5 September 1917

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "5 Septmeber 1916"

FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918

Military Medal

'Location, north west of POZIERES. For continual good work in carrying messages during 27th and 29th August, 1916. On four different occasions he carried messages from the Quarry to Headquarters and on each occasion these messages were carried under heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Legion d'Honneur: Medaille Militaire (France)

'During the operations near REINCOURT on the morning of 11th April, 1917, Sergeant ALLAN who was in charge of a Vickers Gun displayed great gallantry and ability throughout a most trying and dangerous operation. His gun was in action between the First and Second objective but on the Second objective being vacated he still held his ground keeping his gun in action until the infantry had retired to the First objective. He then dismounted his gun and again mounted it ready for action in First objective covering the retirement of the infantry to its original position. he was unable to bring his gun back as he was the only man left in the gun team, but before abandoning it he put it out of action.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 3233 Pte Stanley Bathurst Tinning ALLAN, 4th Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia, 5 April 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, Medaille Militaire, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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