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Joseph William ALLEN

ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSurveyor
AddressFremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinFlorence Maud Allen, 10 Quarry Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit nameNo 6 Tunnelling Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number16/12/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 1 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Tunnelling Company
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1918
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotio to duty. He commanded a party engaged on investigation for enemy leand mines and traps in the area through which our troops were advancing from Auchy, St. Elie, and Hulluch, on 1st-16th October 1918. At great risk he personally removed the detonators from over 300 dangerous traps. His work was done so well that no lives were lost through enemy traps in this area, and over 50 tons of dangerous enemy mines and traps were rendered harmless.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Family/military connectionsBrothers: Brothers: 1154 Pte Fred Hamilton ALLEN, 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 21 May 1917; 7938 Driver Hamilton Edward ALLEN, Australian Motor Transport Company, effective abroad (still overseas); 1720 Pte Richard Hamilton ALLEN, 28th Bn, returned to Australia, 31 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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