|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||80 Melbourne Road, Perth, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Father, Alexander Allan, May Villa, Grey Street, South Brisbane, Queensland|
|Previous military service||Served for 5 years in the Senior Cadets; served in the 37th Bn, Citizen Forces|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Perth, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||28th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/45/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lance Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||28th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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
War service: Western Front
Embarked Australia, 9 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 September 1916.
Marched in, 7th Training Bn, Rollestone, 26 September 1916.
Embarked Folkestone to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 2 November 1916; marched in, 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 3 November 1916.
Taken on strength, 28th Bn, 18 November 1916.
Appointed lance corporal, 24 February 1917.
Appointed temporary corporal, 1 May 1917.
Wounded in action, France, 3 May 1915; reverted to lance corporal, 3 May 1915.
Admitted to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound, head), 3 May 1917; admitted to No. 3 General Hospital, Rouen, 4 May 1917; embarked Rouen for treatment in England, 14 May 1917; admitted to Richmond Military Hospital, Richmond, 15 May 1917; discharged to furlough in England, 21 May 1917.
Reported to Training Depot, Perham Downs, 5 June 1917.
Embarked Southampton to rejoin British Expeditionary Force in the field, 14 June 1917; marched in, 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 15 June 1917.
Rejoined 28th Bn, France, 3 July 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 15 September 1917.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, ALLAN William|