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Arthur John Harward ALLEN

Regimental number10382
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSalesman
Address8 Chomley Street, East Prahran, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinFather, A H Allen, 8 Chomley Street, East Prahran, Victoria
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Reinforcement 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 5 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

MSM


Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'This N.C.O. has shown continued devotion to duty under the most trying circumstances.he left Australia with the 2nd Australian Divisional Artillery in November, 1915, and has been with 4th A.F.A. Brigade Headquarters for the past two years and in charge of the office for most of that time. Notwithstanding the great difficulty under which he has been required to work, Sergeant ALLEN has continued to serve the Brigade with a wonderful faithfulness and devotion to duty. At all times and under the most trying circumstances through lack of sleep and in miserable quarters - frequently under heavy shell fire - he continued cheerfully to carry out his duties and his loyalty and endurance have been of the highest order.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Meritorious Service Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death8 February 1961

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