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Cyril John ALLEN

Regimental number2905
ReligionMethodist
OccupationUpholster
AddressRisdon Road, Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinJ Allen, Risdon Road, Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military service23rd Australian Army Service Corps
Enlistment date26 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For devotion to duty under heavy rifle and machine gun fire. During the enemy attack on LAGNICOURT at dawn on April 15th 1917. Prvts. Allen and [1821 Frederick Norman] Craig were Nos. 1 and 2 gunners of a Lewis Gun respectively. When enemy broke through on the left flank and attacked their company in rear, they carried their gun and ammunition to a position in front and under heavy fire from snipers and machine guns kept up a steady but deadly fire and repelling a heavy frontal attack, catching the enemy in a massed formation. By their soldiers qualities these two men materially assisted in holding an important position.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

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