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William ALLAN

Regimental number5307
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address80 Melbourne Road, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7.5"
Weight115 lbs
Next of kinFather, Alexander Allan, May Villa, Grey Street, South Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 5 years in the Senior Cadets; served in the 37th Bn, Citizen Forces
Enlistment date29 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 February 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 15 September 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe 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
Other details

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
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLAN William

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