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Desmond Claude ALLEN

Regimental number401
Place of birthSouth Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolErrol Street State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address58 Capel Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 9.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs A M Allen, North Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 15 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 14), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Appointed Driver, Mena, 19 March 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Marched in to Mex from Gallipoli, 17 May 1915.

Transferred from Mex to Maadi, 3 November 1915.

Taken on strength of 6th Bn, Serapeum, 7 January 1916.

Found guilty, date unknown, of being absent without leave from 3 January 1916, until 5 January 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 2 days' pay (corrected to 3 days' pay).

Transferred to 58th Bn, 17 February 1916; taken on strength of 58th Bn as a Private, Serapeum, 17 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916.

Found guilty, 21 June 1916, of disobeying an order in that he was smoking on a troop deck: award, forfeited 4 days' pay.

Disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Letter on file by an unnamed Lieutenant in 58th Bn stated, 'He [Allen] was buried by this Unit at Rue Petillon Military Cemetery (p.26). The Commanding Officer of Australian Graves Services did however note on 9 December 1921, that 'no justification for that report can now be found' (p.25).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLEN Desmond Claude

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