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Stephen Douglas ALLAN

Regimental number2872
Place of birthGladstone, Tasmania
OccupationFarmer
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 10"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Margaret Allan, 527 Beaufort Street, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Tasmanian Cadets; resigned.
Enlistment date1 September 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPaschendaele, Belgium
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, 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
145
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 9 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917; marched in to 12th Training Bn, Codford, 11 January 1917.

Admitted to Sutton Veney Hospital, 9 February 1917 (not yet diagnosed: no further details recorded).

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 June 1917; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 9 July 1917.

Wounded in action, 10 July 1917; admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 July 1917, and transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to 83rd General Hospital, Boulogne, 13 July 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 23 July 1917; to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 7 August 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 25 August 1917.

Reported missing in Action, 12 October 1917.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 8 April 1918, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 12 October 1917'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLAN Stephen Douglas

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