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Daniel ALLEN

Regimental number2762
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
SchoolCentral Normal State School, Queensland
Address64 Alfred Street, Valley, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 4"
Weight111 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Allen, 64 Alfred Street, Valley, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military servicePreviously rejected as unfit for service (hernia)
Enlistment date19 October 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll42nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Age at death32
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Daniel and Annie ALLEN, 64 Alfred Street, Valley, Brisbane, Queensland
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 22 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 3 March 1917.

Marched in, 11th Training Bn, England, 6 March 1917.

Embarked Southampton to join British Expeditionary Force, France, 30 July 1917; marched in, 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Rouelles, 31 July 1917.

Marched out to unit, 15 August 1917; taken on strength, 42nd Bn, in the field, 18 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLEN Daniel

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