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Thomas ALLEN

Regimental number732
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
OccupationRailway employee
Address12 Queen Street South, Ballarat East, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs C M E Allen, 12 Queen Street South, Ballarat East, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918

Military Medal

'On the morning of 13th May, 1918, while the 49th A.F.A. Battery was in action south of BONNAY, the position was included in a heavy bombardment of H.E. and Gas Shell. A shell struck a tree above one of the guns, burst and set fire to the camouflage. These men [ALLEN and 1012 A.A. CROZIER] immediately left their dug out, and by carrying water from a neighbouring pool, and pulling down the camouflage, extinguished the fire. Whilst doing this , both were subjected to considerable danger from shells, gas, and the fire, one of the men having his gas mask, which it was necessary to wear, burnt while on his face. Their untiring efforts succeeded in saving their gun and a large quantity of ammunition, and the action of these men in setting such a splendid example and their devotion to duty are deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

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