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Morton McLeod ALLAN

Regimental number1964
Date of birth28 February 1894
Place of birthKadina, South Australia
SchoolPublic School, South Australia
Other trainingBusiness College
OccupationBank clerk
Addressc/o Rev T Allan, Wesley Manse, West Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinFather, Rev Tom Allan, Wesley Manse, West Perth, Western Australia
Enlistment date3 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 February 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 26 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 12th Battalion
Promotion date: 23 October 1916


Unit: 12th Battalion
Promotion date: 7 February 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


For conspicuous gallantry and initiative under fire.
Recommendation date: 2 March 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularJoined the Bank of New South Wales, Fremantle, Western Australia, branch, 10 April 1910; transferred to Perth branch, May 1911; to Kalgoorlie branch, August 1914.
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Age at death23.7
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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: Rev. Thomas and Emma ALLAN
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Appointed corporal, 16 March 1915.

Appointed sergeant, 16 April 1915.

Embarked Fremantle, 26 April 1915.

Taken on strength, 12th Bn, Mudros, 27 November 1915; reverts to the ranks upon joining unit from reinforcements.

Appointed lance corporal, Mudros, 1 December 1915.

Proceeded to Anzac as escort to prisoner, 1873 Private Templeton, 10 December 1915; rejoined unit, Mudros, 12 December 1915.

Admitted to hospital (sick), Mudros, 13 December 1915; rejoined unit from hospital, 20 December 1915.

Disembarked, Alexandria, 6 January 1916.

Appointed corporal, Serapeum, 28 January 1916.

Appointed sergeant, Serapeum, 9 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 5 April 1916.

Marched in, Officer Cadet School, Gailes Aryshire, England, 2 August 1916; commissioned 2nd lieutenant, 23 October 1916; proceeded to France, 7 December 1916; rejoined 12th Bn, in the field, 18 December 1916.

Appointed lieutenant and 12th Battalion Intelligence Officer, 12 March 1917.

Marched in, 5th Army School, France, 3 April 1917; rejoined unit, 2 May 1917.

Proceeded on leave, France, 9 July 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 23 July 1917.

Killed in Action, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAttestation papers list birthplace as Perth, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLAN Morton McLeod
'Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour' (Sydney, 1921), p. 21.

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