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Lionel Holt ALLEN

Regimental number1075
Date of birth12 October 1897
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
True NameDEARMAN, Lionel Holt
ReligionChurch of England
AddressFletcher Street, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 9.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMrs Jackson, Palmer Street, South Head, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets for 5 years.
Enlistment date10 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1917
Discharge date27 February 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 10 May 1915 (gun shot wound, left eye, perforating); transferred to England on board HS 'Letitia', 7 May 1915, and admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, 20 May 1915.

Tried by Regimental Court Martial held at Monte Video, 1 September 1915 on charge of (1) being absent without leave from 7 am, 1 August, until 26 August 1915; (2) being in possession of a document purporting to be a genuine discharge, well knowing it was not genuine, 19 August 1915. Pleaded Guilty to both charges; found Guilty on both charges: awarded 28 days' detention, and forfeited a total of 59 days' pay.

Commenced return with No 7 Draft to Mudros from A&NZ Base, Weymouth, 4 October 1915, to rejoin Mediterranean Expeditionary Force; admitted to Anzac Advanced Base, Mudros, 18 October 1915; rejoined Bn at Gallipoli, 19 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to No 2 General Hospital, Ghezireh, 6 January 1916 (vision problem); discharged to Overseas Base, 25 January 1916; rejoined Bn, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 4 April 1916.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 22 July 1916 (gun shot wound, left shoulder); admitted to No 2 Field Ambulance, 23 July 1916; transferred same day to 1/2 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 112, 23 July 1916, and admitted to No 3 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 24 July 1916. Transferred to England, 25 July 1916, and admitted to 3rd Western General Hospital, Newport, Monmouthshire, 26 July 1916. Discharged on furlough, 14 August 1916, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 31 August 1916.

Marched out to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 27 October 1916; transferred to 61st Bn, 27 April 1917; to 62nd Bn, 19 May 1917.

Transferred to 1st Bn, 11 August 1917, and marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, and appointed Temporary Sergeant, 11 August 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 August 1917, and reverted to Lance Corporal; rejoined 1st Bn, in the field, 9 September 1917.

Wounded in action (third occasion), 21 September 1917 (gun shot wound, abdomen), and admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 17th Casualty Clearing Station, 22 September 1917; to 47th Stationary Hospital, Le Treport, 23 September 1917; to England, 5 October 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Moneyhull, 7 October 1917. Transferred to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 23 October 1917; discharged on furlough, 26 October 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 9 November 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Persic', 21 December 1917; disembarked Fremantle, 4 February 1918; discharged (medically unfit), Perth, 27 February 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Stated in statutory decalaration, October 1920, that his true name was Lionel Holt DEARMAN.
Miscellaneous detailsTrue age at enlistment: 16 years 11 months.
Date of death25 December 1967
Age at death70
Place of burialField of Mars Cemetery (Methodist New Section, Grave No 405), Ryde, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLEN Lionel Holt

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