|Place of birth||Hampstead, London, England|
|School||Broomsleigh St State School, England|
|Age on arrival in Australia||19|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||53 Broomsleigh Street, Hampstead, London, England|
|Age at embarkation||24|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs William Jackson, 53 Broomsleigh Street, Hampstead, London, England|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||21st Battalion, A Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/38/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||21st Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||France|
|Age at death||26|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), 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|
|Parents: Alfred Daniel and Mrs William ALLEN|
War Service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915.
Disembarked Lemnos following Gallipoli evacuation, 1 January 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, France, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 26 March 1916.
Admitted to 36th Casualty Clearing Station (rheumatism), France, 2 November 1916; admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital (synovitis, left knee), Etaples, 2 November 1916; embarked Havre for treatment in England, 8 November 1916; admitted 3rd SGH, England, 8 November 1916; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 13 December 1916; discharged from hospital, 16 December 1916.
Marched in, No. 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 16 December 1916.
Marched in, No. 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 17 March 1917.
Marched in, Drafting Depot, Perham Downs, 3 April 1917.
Marched in, No. 6 Camp, Perham Downs, 5 April 1917.
Transferred to 66th Bn, Windmill Hill, Perham Downs, 28 April 1917.
Transferred to 21st Bn, Windmill Hill, Perham Downs, 16 August 1917.
Proceeded to France, 1 September 1917.
Rejoined 21st Bn, Belgium, 11 September 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, ALLEN Herbert|