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Robert ALLAN

Regimental number3016
Place of birthHelensburgh, Scotland
SchoolBamaivon School, Rochester, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia11.6
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationGrocer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6"
Weight114 lbs
Next of kinGrandparent, Mr Mathieson, Thornlie Bank, Glasgow, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 January 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 January 1917
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name38th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 19 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 13 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBelgium
Age at death18
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), 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
129
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Mutch and Mary Lochart Mathiesen ALLAN.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2256 Pte W ALLAN, 23rd Bn, wounded severely at Somme July 30 1916, returned to Australia,
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 19 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 25 April 1917.

Marched in, 10th Training Brigade, England, 26 April 1917.

Found guilty, 31 August 1917, of being absent without leave, No. 12 Camp, Durrington, 6.00am 24 August 1917 to 29 August 1917 (apprehended by military police): awarded 10 days Field Punishment No. 2, forfeits 17 days pay.

Embarked Southampton to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 17 September 1917; marched in, 3rd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Rouelles, 18 September 1917.

Taken on strength, 38th Bn, in the field, 25 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 13 October 1917.

Buried 200 yards south west of Haalem, Map 28 NE, D.11.a.55.80.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLAN Robert

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