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Sidney Ernest ALLASON

Regimental number7681
Place of birthBrighton, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMeena, Queensland
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation43
Height5' 11.5"
Weight165 lbs
Next of kinDaughter, Miss S.E. Allason, 18 Talbot Avenue, East St. Kilda Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed 3 years in Victorian Mtd Rifles and 1 year in South African War.
Enlistment date16 August 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 26th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 31 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingHamel, France
Age at death44
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsPrevious period of enlistment, see 574 Sidney Ernest ALLASON.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 31 October 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 26 December 1917, and marched into 1st Training Bn, Sutton Veny, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 31 March 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 1 April 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 5 April 1918; taken on strength of 15th Bn, in the field, 17 April 1918.

Wounded in action, 30 April 1918; admitted to No 13 Australian Field Ambulance, 30 April 1918 (shrapnel wound, face); transferred to No 61 Casualty Clearing Station, 30 April 1918; to No 4 General Hospital, 2 May 1918; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 7 May 1918.

Found guilty, 8 May 1918, of quitting parade without permission: awarded 7 days' confined to camp.

Underwent Medical Board, No 6 Convalescent Depot, 13 May 1918.

Marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 14 May 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 24 May 1918; rejoined unit, 29 May 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Buried in vicinity of Arquaire, near Hun's Walk, Sheet 62d S.E.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFirst period of enlistment states Beaufort, Victoria as place of birth
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLASON Sidney Ernest

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