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Charles ALLEN

Regimental number232
Place of birthSouth Brisbane, Queensland
SchoolJunction Park State School, South Brisbane, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlumber
Address3 Jennings Street, Alexandria, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 4"
Weight115 lbs
Next of kinFather, A Allen, 3 Jennings Street, Alexandria, New South Wales
Previous military serviceSereved for 2 years in 14th Battery Australian Field Artillery, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
FateKilled in Action 12 November 1916
Place of death or woundingFlers, France
Age at death22.8
Place of burialAIF Burial Ground (Plot I, Row A, Grave 9), Grass Lane, Flers, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
11
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Father: Alfred ALLEN
Family/military connectionsCousin to Lieut Charles King 1st Australian Field Engineers MM.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 4 April 1915.

Admitted to 15th General Hospital, Alexandria, 11 May 1915 (fever); transferred to duty, 26 May 1915; returned to Gallipoli.

Disembarked Alexandria, 4 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation), and rejoined Base Details, Suez Road Camp.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 27 March 1916.

Killed in action, 12 April 1918.

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

Father originally requested that the Star of David be placed on his son's headstone, apparently not appreciating that this was the symbol of the Jewish faith; on being informed of this, he requested that instead the Cross be used [see father's letter to Base Records, 3 March 1920].
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLEN Charles

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