|Place of birth||Lilydale, Victoria|
|School||Lilydale State School, Victoria|
|Address||Cave Hill Road, Lilydale, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||25|
|Next of kin||Father, Charles Allen, Lilydale, Victoria|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||24th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/41/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||8th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
|Place of death or wounding||Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death||27|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
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|Parents: Charles and Edith Elizabeth ALLEN|
War service: Western Front
Taken on strength, 8th Bn, Zeitoun, 24 February 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 31 March 1916.
Wounded in action, France, 26 July 1916; admitted to No. 5 General Hospital (gun shot wound, left buttock), Rouen, 26 July 1916; embarked Havre for treatment in England, 27 July 1916; admitted VAD Hospital, Birmingham, 28 July 1916.
Reported to No. 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, from furlough, 29 August 1916.
Found guilty, 25 September 1916, of being absent without leave, 3.00pm, 13 September 1916 to 0900, 20 September 1916, Perham Downs: awarded 168 hours detention, forfeits 15 days pay.
Proceeded to France, 11 November 1916.
Rejoined 8th Bn, in the field, 23 December 1916.
Wounded in action, 29 April 1917; admitted to No. 5 General Hospital (gun shot wound, left arm), Rouen, 3 May 1917; embarked Havre for treatment in England, 13 May 1917; admitted Grove Military Hospital, Richmond, England, 14 May 1917; discharged to furlough in Britain, 5 June 1917; reported to Command Depot, Wareham, 20 June 1917.
Marched in, No. 4 Command Depot, Codford, 12 July 1917.
Proceeded to France, 26 July 1917.
Rejoined 8th Bn, in the field, 18 August 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 25 October 1917.
Buried at Map Reference D.17.c.9.9, Sheet 28 North East.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, ALLEN George Henry|