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Charles Alexander ALLEN

Regimental number1614
Place of birthHamilton, Victoria
SchoolDunmore West State School, Victoria
AddressHeywood, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 10"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Jane Allen, 'Foxton,' Heywood, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 February 1916
Place of enlistmentHamilton, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name60th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/77/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularThis young soldier was the only support of his widowed mother and when his brother was reported missing on Gallipoli, determined to take his place and go on with the work so nobly begun. (Sister)
FateKilled in Action 25 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Belgium
Age at death29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Jane McDonald and Charles ALLEN
Family/military connectionsBrother: 236 Sergeant William Wallace Bentley ALLEN, 12th Bn, killed in action, 25 April 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 1 May 1916; disembarked, Suez, 10 June 1916.

Taken on strength, 5th Division Details, Tel el Kibir, 9 July 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 2 August 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 8 August 1916.

Marched in, 13th Training Bn, England, 21 August 1916.

Embarked Folkestone to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 11 November 1916.

Marched in, 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 12 November 1916.

Taken on strength, 58th Bn, in the field, 30 November 1916.

Admitted to hospital (septic toe), 29 March 1917; transferred to England for treatment, 7 April 1917; admitted to 1st East General Hosptial, Cambridge, 8 April 1917; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 30 May 1917; proceeded on furlough in Britain, 8 June 1917.

Marched in, No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 22 June 1917.

Marched in, No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 29 June 1917.

Marched in, Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 4 August 1917.

Proceeded to France, 10 September 1917.

Rejoined 58th Bn, in the field, 21 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 25 September 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLEN Charles Alexander

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