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John Richard ALLEN

Regimental number3755
Place of birthTaree, Manning River, New South Wales
Other NamesALLAN
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
AddressComboyne, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinMother, Mrs G Allen, Comboyne, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Unspecified [Distinguished Conduct Medal]

Work at Mont St. Quentin on 31 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 7 September 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was very observant while in England, France etc., anything of interest was taken note of. He was very persistent in correspondence to relations and friends giving them notes of interest. Awarded the DCM.
FateDied of wounds 3 October 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Date of death3 October 1918
Age at death41
Age at death from cemetery records41
Place of burialBellicourt British Cemetery (Plot II, Row N, Grave No. 3), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Emily and the late George ALLAN. Native of Manning River, New South Wales. Commemorated in Beechwood Cemetery, New South Wales.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and resource during the attack on Mont St. Quentin on 31 August, 1918. With only five men he attacked about twenty of the enemy, whom he observed moving along the western edge of the village, meeting them in hand to hand fighting. Although three of his men were wounded, he captured ten prisoners, the remainder being killed or wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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