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Edward Hugh ALLEN

Regimental number6703
Place of birthStanmore, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressWoodford, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 7.25"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Allen, Mount Ubi, Eumundi, Queensland
Enlistment date1 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 June 1916
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 27 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Belgium
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6423 Lance Corporal Henry Jobe ALLEN, 9th Bn, returned to Australia, 4 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Brisbane, 27 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917.

Admitted to hospital (scabies), Fargo, 4 February 1917; discharged to 3rd Training Bn, England, 8 February 1917.

Admitted to hospital (sick), England, 17 February 1917; discharged to 3rd Training Bn, 8 March 1917.

Embarked England to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 14 May 1917; marched in, 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 15 May 1917.

Taken on strength, 9th Bn, France, 28 May 1917.

Reported missing, Belgium, 20 September 1917.

Officer Commanding, 9th Bn, pronounced fate, 20 October 1917, as 'Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAttestation papers list birthplace as Woodford, Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLEN Edward Hugh

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