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James John ALLEN

Regimental number2686
Place of birthKilkenny, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSteward
AddressQueens Road, Bulimba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 4"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emily Florence Allen, 26 Brackenbury Road, London West, England
Previous military serviceServed for 9 months in the Sussex Cadets.
Enlistment date22 August 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 17 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 December 1918
Discharge date19 February 1919
Other details

War service: England

Embarked Brisbane, 17 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 30 January 1917.

Found guilty, at sea, 12 December 1916, of disobeying a lawful command of his superior Officer: awarded 168 hours' detention. Found guilty, at sea, 16 December 1916, of escaping from detention: awarded 28 days' detention.

Found guilty, 5 February 1917, of being absent from Tattoo Roll Call, No 4 Details Camp, Sutton Mandeville: awarded 4 days' confined to barracks. Marched in to 11th Training Bn, 18 March 1917.

Tried by District Court Martial, Hurdcott, 12 April 1917, on a charge of stealing money [1/6d] from a comrade; pleaded guilty: awarded 40 days' detention; period of detention awaiting trial: 49 days. Forfeited a total of 89 days' pay. Marched out to Parkhouse Detention Barracks, Isle of Wight, 21 April 1917.

Found guilty, Durrington, 25 August 1917, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he on the 25.8.17 removed a bicycle from No 3 Group Headquarters without permission from competent authority: awarded 14 days' confined to barracks.

Moved out to 9th Training Bn, 5 November 1917.

Found guilty, Fovant, of (1) wilfully injuring public property (2) creating a disturbance while confined in the Guard Room: awarded 28 days' detention. Marched out to Detention Barracks, Lewes, 14 January 1918. Unexpired portion of sentence (29 days) remitted as from 1 March 1918. Discharged from Lewes Detention Barracks, 1 March 1918. On Command at 3rd Division Signal School, 26 March 1918. Marched in to 9th Training Bn, Fovant, 3 April 1918.

Found guilty, 9 May 1918, of (1) conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he was late in reporting for duty as Orderly Bugler (2) conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he reported to SGT Powell that he had been excused from duty by RSM Robson knowing same to be false: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Transferred to Reinforcements of 41st Bn, 28 October 1918; to Reinforcements of 15th Bn, 21 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Aeneas', 18 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 5 February 1919, and proceeded to Broadmeadows, awaiting first available transport; discharged, Brisbane, 19 February 1919.

Medal: British War Medal

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