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Regimental number3619
Place of birthSt Marys, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.25"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinFather, Egbert Allen, Taranna, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Place of enlistmentHobart, Tasmania
Unit name26th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 15 April 1918
Discharge date27 June 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 21 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 27 March 1916.

Admitted to 20th General Hospital, Camiers, 31 March 1916 (scabies); discharged to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 5 April 1916.

Taken on strength, 26th Bn, in the field, 25 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 August 1916 (shrapnel wound, shoulder); admitted to 37th Field Ambulance, 6 August 1916, and transferred to 29th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 7 August 1916, and admitted to No 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples; transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 2 September 1916; discharged to duty, 4 September 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 12 November 1916.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 14 November 1916 (gun shot wound, hands), admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to duty, 21 November 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 22 November 1916.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 1 March 1917 (abscess, chest); transferred to 2nd Divisional Rest Station, 2 March 1917; discharged to duty, 17 March 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 18 March 1917.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 April 1917 (multiple abscesses); transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, 8 April 1917; to Ambulance Train, 9 April 1917, and admitted to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 11 April 1917 (impetigo contagio), and transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot; discharged to Base Base Details, Etaples, 27 April 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 14 May 1917.

Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 10 August 1917 (multiple abscesses); transferred to 7th Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullens, 11 August 1917 (funurculosis); to 4th Stationary Hospital, Arques, 11 August 1917; discharged, 21 August 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 22 August 1917.

On leave to England, 15 September 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 25 September 1917, while on leave; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 3 January 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 101 days.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 11 January 1918.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 16 January 1918.

Found guilty, 1 February 1918, of (1) neglecting to obey an order re bounds; (2) neglecting to obey an order by his Superior Officer; (3) resisting arrest: awarded 20 days' Field Punishment No 2

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 February 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, Belgium, 13 February 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia for discharge, 24 March 1918; marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 1 April 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Marathon', 15 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 17 June 1918, for onward travel to Tasmania; discharged, 27 June 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Place of burialBairnsdale Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, ALLEN James

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