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Herbert ALLEN

Regimental number81
Place of birthHampstead, London, England
SchoolBroomsleigh St State School, England
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationNight porter
Address53 Broomsleigh Street, Hampstead, London, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs William Jackson, 53 Broomsleigh Street, Hampstead, London, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 March 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe 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
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred Daniel and Mrs William ALLEN
Other details

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
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLEN Herbert

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