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Albert Edward ALLEN

Regimental number2552
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressSea Lake, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr Allen, Durham Building, York Road, Wandsworth, England
Enlistment date6 May 1915
Place of enlistmentSea Lake, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
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Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'Whilst moving into position for attack in front of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX at 5 a.m. on the morning of 8th August 1918, Private ALLEN received nasty wounds in the arm. Although in great pain he carried on over an advance of approximately 10 Kilometres until orders for his evacuation were received from a Medical Officer. Throughout the operation he showed an utter disregard for his personal safety, and by his gallantry, self-sacrifice and devotion to duty he set a splendid example to all ranks. His courage and endurance are worthy of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Date of death22 December 1979

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